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Dominican Republic Takes Center Stage at New York City’s Fashion Show

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism is pleased to lead the Caribbean’s first New York City (NYC) fashion show with distinct Dominican flair on Wednesday evening June 8 in the fashion capital of the world. Dominican designer Lucia Rodriguez’ creations will grace the opening of the 1st Caribbean Week Fashion Show with designs that reflect Dominican heritage, lively history and its passion for fashion on June 8 at THE ARENA, 35 West 41st Street from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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The event takes place during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) annual NYC weeklong celebration of travel to its warm, tropical islands.

“The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is proud to present the first Caribbean fashion show in New York City, the top fashion destination of the world,” said Magaly Toribio, Vice Minister of International Promotion for the DR Ministry of Tourism. “Dominican fashion designers are known for their chic and unique creations that reflect our country’s distinct culture and diverse influences.”

“The DR boasts great design schools like PARSONS and iconic Dominican designers who set global fashion trends during the DR’s two annual fashion events, DominicanaModa and Republica Dominicana Fashion Week, attracting discerning buyers and fashionistas from all over the world,” said Isabella Wall, DR Ministry of Tourism’s Los Angeles Representative and CTO Fashion Committee Volunteer. “The DR’s leading role in the multicultural convergence of Caribbean fashion in NYC, the epicenter and melting pot for fashions from around the world, is very exciting,” she added.

Dominican-born designer Lucia Rodriguez will grace the opening of the Caribbean Fashion Show held at the Arena in New York City, showcasing her delightfully Dominican-inspired designs on the runway. The DR is home to some of the world’s greatest beaches, hotels, magnificent nature, music and dance, sports, gastronomy and is a popular film location for international television and movies, all key elements linked to fashion.

For additional information on Caribbean International Fashion Week and tickets, please visit www.caribbeanweekny.com

About Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR is a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named a #1 Golf Destination, best value destination and a top location for weddings and romance, the DR boasts 28 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features top beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

About Lucia Rodriguez

Couture designer Lucia Rodriguez is a native of the Dominican Republic, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and a rising star from the houses of Joanna Mastronianni and Bob Evans. A 10-year veteran of the New York fashion scene, Lucia’s studio in NYC’s fashion district caters to high-end clientele who delight in her relaxed elegance and breezy Caribbean-influenced fashions. Lucia has been a special guest designer of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at “Fashion in Gracie Mansion,” is a favorite of celebrities, and her work has been featured in numerous magazines. www.luciarodriguezny.com

SOURCE Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

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