Doha, 12th June 2012: Doha's fashionistas gathered at the signature W Doha’s Living Room where
the Qatari designer, Mona Al-Ansari, winner of the second edition of the W Doha and VCUQ Fashion
Award, showcased her winning collection: “Edifice” on the 12th of June.
For the second year in a row, W Doha sponsored the ‘W Doha & VCUQ Fashion Award’, which
was given to the most outstanding and innovative VCUQ fashion design student of the year, Mona
Al Ansari. The award was presented to the winner by Clara De lama, Marketing & Communications
Manager of the hotel during the Virginia Commonwealth University annual fashion show, under the
patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser on the 19th of April.
Safak Guvenc, General Manager of W Doha Hotel & Residences, commented: “This is the first
happening of the year we are hosting for designer Mona Al Ansari and we are really happy to see that
it has been a tremendous success. Fashion is one of the W Brand passion points which encourages
us to continuously support up and coming young talented designers such as Mona, in all the cities
where W hotels are located’. Guvenc added, ‘One of the major initiatives W Doha has taken on board
since last year is to give an award to the best senior VCUQ student. This award will give the winner,
Mona Al Ansari, same as last year with Selina Farooqui, the opportunity to use W Doha, and another
W Hotel around the globe, as a platform to showcase her collections through a various number of
Happening throughout the year.
Mona Al Ansari said of this opportunity: ‘It was a great honor to receive this award. W Doha is
a style icon in Qatar and an inspiration for design students in the city. I am delighted to have the
opportunity to showcase my collection & inspiration in such an amazing setting’.
The criteria for the award was the design of an inspired collection of 6-12 must-have contemporary
fashion pieces and accessories presented by the VCUQ fashion students. The winning student
designer, Mona Al Ansari, was chosen by a well respected Jury, which included last year winner of
the same award, Selina Farooqui.
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