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    A combined dinner and dance marked the end of the International Womens Year in Zambia.


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    A combined dinner and dance marked the end of the International Womens Year in Zambia.

    The event was held at the Mulungushi Hall in Lusaka on Saturday (6 December) and included the country's President, Kenneth Kaunda, among the guests.

    The highlights of the evening was a fashion parade which featured Zambian-made dresses. The parade was divided into three groups, each of which featured work by a Zambian designer.

    The textile industry is comparatively new to Zambia, but as with other industries, output is increasing under the stimulus of a very rapidly expanding local market.

    The show was organised by the Government's Women's Brigade and it was praised by President Kaunda in a short speech. The dresses on display included outfits for a wedding, evening dresses and day wear.

    SYNOPSIS: This flowing white wedding gown was one of the outfits on show in Lusaka in Zambia recently. The occasion was a dinner and dance to mark the end of International Womens Year in the country. The bride was followed by her two attendants in oyster-pink gowns.

    The event was organised by the Government's Women's Brigade and all the dresses were Zambian-made. The parade was divided into three sections...each of which featured work by a different Zambian designer.

    This dress could be worn either during the day or at night. It features red and navy blue stripes and its full skirt ends in a scalloped edge. This dress was one of the favourites of the women in the audience.

    Several of the dresses on display were for formal night occasions. This is one example. It is multi-coloured but emphasises the autumn colours of brown and yellow.

    A special feature is the sleeves which are split on the inside to add to the flowing effect.

    Another in the evening line was this more casual dress. It would be ideal for a warm summers' night out. Among the guests at the evening was Zambia's President, Kenneth Kaunda.

    The President praised the show in a short speech after the dinner. Red and blue were among the popular colours of the parade and were featured in this evening dress.

    The parade reflects the work done in Zambia's textile industry. It was only recently established in the country but its output is increasing. The products of the industry are being well received on the local market and the clothes on display in the fashion show demonstrate why.

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