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VCUQatar fashion design students to create signature wardrobe for the iconic Lady in Red of Marsa Malaz Kempinski

VCUQatar fashion design students to create signature wardrobe for the iconic Lady in Red of Marsa Malaz Kempinski

Doha, 25 February 2015 – Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, has today announced a landmark collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar), offering local fashion design students the opportunity to secure a 6-month internship at Qatar’s new ultra-luxury resort, by creating a bespoke wardrobe collection for the Lady in Red.

Kempinski’s iconic Lady in Red is a unique concept synonymous with the five-star hotel's trademark of personalised luxury. Described as the First Lady of the hotel, the Lady in Red complements the prestigious concierge role and is easily recognisable with her elegant persona and signature red clothing. The Lady in Red ensures guests feel welcomed, comfortable and cared for, with no task or request too much to fulfil. She is the Ambassadrice par excellence of Kempinski.

Marsa Malaz Kempinski’s collaboration with Qatar’s leading art and design school is part of the vibrant learning experiences at VCUQatar, helping to build and maintain indispensable connections for both partners in the local community. Eight local students in the Senior Fashion Class will compete to design the Lady in Red custom-made collection, with the winner not only be rewarded with their designs being fashioned into a bespoke wardrobe, but also an internship at Marsa Malaz Kempinski. This will offer the budding designer an exclusive look at Doha’s new ultra-luxury destination, whilst learning valuable insights into the premium travel, food, fashion and hospitality industries.

Wissam Suleiman, General Manager, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, said: “This unique opportunity is a project we feel very passionately about as we look to nurture home-grown designers and artisans. We are honoured to be working with such inspiring talents at VCUQatar. The Lady in Red is an iconic figure for Qatar’s new premier destination, and as such needs a chic and bespoke wardrobe, which we hope will reflect Qatar’s rich heritage whilst maintaining the identity and style of Kempinski.”

“We are delighted when opportunities like these come along as they offer the students the chance to implement their design skills at the highest level, working with a world renowned brand, said Sandra Wilkins, chair of the Fashion Department at VCUQatar. “Students are challenged to really consider how fashion functions in the real world. They have to think critically not only about the form and function of the garments but also the suitability of the designs to meet the clients needs.”

About Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha:

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, the city's new premier destination, located on its own secluded island, offers guests 281 luxurious rooms and suites offering unparalleled space and luxurious comfort. Meeting and conference facilities include the Palazzo ballroom measuring 1,100 sq m (11,538 sqft), ideal for VIP delegations or a stunning location for weddings. It also features an exclusive beach located in a private bay along with outdoor swimming pools, water sports facilities, yachts jetty and tennis courts. Additionally, the 3,000 sqm tranquil Spa by Clarinsfeatures 23 treatment rooms, exclusive female areas, a health club, indoor pool, beauty salons, saunas and steam rooms.

As one of the truly most inspiring hotels in the region, Marsa Malaz Kempinski offers bespoke dining and entertainment options for visitors and guests across 11 food and beverage outlets – an unprecedented number in Qatar. A selection of six different types of restaurants serving an array of cuisines includes Levant-inspired recipes at Al Sufra, traditional Spanish cuisine in El Faro, a blend of European and Mediterranean flavours from Sawa, as well as Pan Latin dining from Toro Toro, redefining Italian cuisine in AnticaPesa and Japanese fine-dining in Nozomi. In addition, there are two cafés, al fresco pool-side dining, a sophisticated lounge and an unparalleled rooftop lounge with large open-air terraces.

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014.

About Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar):

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. In addition to a comprehensive annual public events program that includes a wide range of exhibitions, lectures and fashion events, the University hosts the biennial international design conference Tasmeem and the biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Islamic Art Symposium, attracting globally recognized designers, academics and thinkers while fostering sustainable, university-community partnerships that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of Qatar. For more information please visit

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Media Contacts:

Nikolaos Foskolos • Public Relations & Marketing Manager

Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha | Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha

P.O. Box 24892 • The Pearl • Doha • Qatar

Tel +974 4035 5555

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