Style.Uz Art Week is the most high-profile cultural event in Central Asia, which is aimed at helping develop modern and traditional Uzbek fashion and art. Now in its eighth year, the project brings together a large number of guests from across the world in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and a city where the past blends with the present. The major week-long event is held annually in October and presents both art and high fashion.
Today Uzbekistan is emerging as a leading and internationally oriented fashion destination. The country itself, the heart of the historical Silk Road, is a must-visit destination as it is a treasure trove of oriental beauty seen in its cities, rich history and traditions.
Style.Uz Art Week annually offers a diverse art menu of traditional and contemporary art exhibitions, photo exhibitions, catwalk shows by Uzbek and international fashion designers, National Dress Festival, кинопоказов, theatre plays, charity events, as well as concerts by world-famous pop stars, cocktail parties, master classes by celebrities and meetings with the youth.
In keeping with tradition, this year’s Art Week will include the 7th Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art and the 4th International Theatre Festival “Theatre.Uz”. Another highlight of the upcoming Style.Uz is the 3rd Tashkent International Cinema Forum “Golden Guepard”. Moreover, the week will offer a series of exhibitions, fashion shows, charity concerts, social events, workshops, master classes and conferences.
Art Week is a unique opportunity for young talented people with limited financial resources to strut their stuff by demonstrating their collections alongside world-famous fashion brands. Each year Style.Uz offers a rich schedule of catwalk shows, charity concerts, trade fairs, cocktail parties, master classes by big-name fashion professionals, photographers, makeup artists and culture and art professionals. The Art Week also honours a number of young talents and masters engaged in restoring ancient fabric weaving techniques by providing them with grants. It is also an opportunity for the youth to attend catwalk shows by world-famous fashion labels, exhibitions and concerts held as part of the Art Week free of charge. All told, around 2,000 young people benefit from the major event.
The project has drawn increasing international attention and is annually attended by around 100 internationally known people – fashion designers, artists, musicians, owners of jewelry and fashion labels, influential culture and art professionals, representatives of the media and show business stars from Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the USA, the UK and other countries.
Among those who have attended previous Art Weeks are: fashion designers Vyacheslav Zaitsev, Valentin Yudashkin, Masha Tsigal, Alena Ahmadullina, Yulia Dalakyan, Denis Simachev, Helen Yarmak, Igor Chapurin, Vardui Nazaryan, Lena Lenskaya (Russia), Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Fernando Lemoniez (Spain), Victor de Souza (USA), Takada Kenzo, Norio Surikabe, Chisato Tsumori, Naoshi Sawayanagi, Kamishima Chinami (Japan), Loris Diran (USA), Jacob Kimmie (UK); representatives of fashion houses Pascal Morabito, John Ribbe, Smalto, Féraud, Inès de la Fressange, Revillon, Guy Laroche, Sonia Rykiel, Chanel, Balmain, Yves Saint Laurent (France), Dsquared2, Valentino, Brioni, MaxMara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Domenico Vacca, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace (Italy), London College of Fashion, Basso&Brooke (UK), Oscar de la Renta (USA), Galit Levi (Israel), Suneet Varma (India), Wolford (Austria), Sisi Wasabi (Germany), Billionaire, Corneliani, Ermanno Scervino, Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferré (Italy), Angel Schlesser, Hoss Intropia (Spain), Carolina Herrera (USA), Matthew Williamson (UK), Esther (Japan); artists Michael Fuchs, Reinhard Brandner (Austria), Catherine Metais, Alexandre Clerisse (France), Marco Perego (Italy), Alexander Ishchenko (Russia), Annya Sand (UK), Tran Trong Vu (France); fashion photographer Andre Rau (France), photographers Paolo Roversi (Italy), Gueorgui Pinkhassov (France), Alikhan (Russia), Frank Roedel (Germany), Liam McMullan (USA); the general director of Tokyo Fashion Week Kenji Yamazaki, gallerists Jorge Ontiveros and Fernando Sanz (Spain); leading media representatives: TV hosts Maxim Shevchenko, Oksana Pushkina, Andrei Malahov, Sergei Sholokhov, Vladimir Beryozin (Russia); the owner of “Les Editions Jalou” Marie-Jose Jalou (France), fashion journalist Oda Akira (Japan); IO Donna magazine (Italy), Jean-Pierre Partouche (France), the director of CNN Central Asia Bureau Imran Ahmad; musicians Julio Iglesias, Jose Carreras, Montserrat Caballe (Spain), Rod Stewart, Chris Botti (USA), Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sting (UK), David and Katie Guetta (USA), Ennio Morricone, Eros Ramazzotti (Italy), Igor Krutoy and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Russia), Demis Roussos (Greece); representatives of jewelry brands Chopard, Fabergé, Piaget, Montblanc, the president of de Grisogono Fawaz Gruosi, the general producer of Russian Fashion Week Alexander Shumskiy, the director of Bundestheater Holding Georg Springer (Austria), the president of MacDougall’s Arts Ltd. (UK), Duke’s auctioneer Matthew John Denney (UK), a representative of Christie’s auction house Romain Pingannaud (UK), auctioneer Edward Rising (UK), the founder of Assouline Publishing Yaffa Assouline (USA); actors Andrei Panin, Dmitry Dyuzhev, Valeriy Barinov, Nikita Vysotski, Alexei Guskov, Aleksei Buldakov, Gosha Kutsenko, Andrei Fedortsov (Russia), Gennadiy Pachis (Greece), Armand Assante, Mark Dacascos, Matthias Hues (USA), Ingeborga Dapkunaite (Lithuania) Halit Ergenc (Turkey), Frederic Diefenthal (France), film directors Nik Powell (UK), Sergei Solovyov, Yegor Konchalovsky, Valeriy Todorovskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Oleg Uzhinov, Vadim Abdurashitov (Russia), Fridrik Thor Fridriksson (Iceland), Shunya Ito (Japan), Moritz de Hadeln (Switzerland), Gérard Krawczyk (France), Taylor Kennedy (USA), Menahem Golan (Israel), film critics Hans Schlegel (Germany), Phillip Bergson (UK) and Andrei Plahov (Russia), film producers Peggy Chiao (Taiwan), Renat Davletyarov, Alexei Ryazantsev, Georgiy Malkov (Russia), animator Andrei Khrjanovsky (Russia), FIPRESCI president Jean Roy as well as participants of scientific conferences and photographers among many others.
In addition, Style.Uz events are attended by up to 100,000 visitors, including students, art aficionados as well as culture and art professionals.