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Oct '10
Latin American Designer Amelia Toro will present her new ethnically inspired Fall Collection October 10th at Portland Fashion Week as part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Portland Fashion Week is working with the Oregon Governor's Office, Partners of the Americas and the Portland Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to bring the extraordinary Amelia Toro to Portland from Bogota, Colombia. Toro will unveil her collection on a black solar panel runway from SolarWorld USA.

“We are proud to have Amelia Toro come to Oregon during National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Lydia Muniz, Oregon Governor's Advocate for Minority, Women and Emerging Small Businesses. “The ethnically inspired Fall Collection she will show at Portland Fashion Week October 10th will bridge borders and cultures.”

“Partners of the Americas is pleased to welcome Amelia Toro to Oregon for Portland Fashion Week,” said Matthew Clausen, Vice President for Partnerships and Programs, Partners of the Americas. “In addition to her international renown in fashion circles, Amelia has a humanitarian heart. Her commitment to young Latinas is one Partners shares.”

“Having world-renowned designer Amelia Toro's One World show at Portland Fashion Week October 10th is a statement about Portland Fashion Week's emergence as an internationally recognized showcase for world-class fashion,” said Chris Cone, Executive Producer, Portland Fashion Week.

This Hispanic heritage collection is based on love and commitment to the Hispanic culture. For example, the Kuna Indians, isolated residents from “El Darien,” the border zone between Colombia and Panama, have created a technique in cotton based on hand-sewn quilting and layering of fabric, known as the “mola.” The most important elements surrounding the Kuna Indians are represented in the mola using motifs such as animals and geometric figures. Toro's fashion house integrates the molas with natural fiber fabrics such as wool, silk and crepé to sustain their cultural heritage.

These indigenous groups and their traditions are in danger of disappearance. “My main purpose in designing this collection is to help a cultural heritage continue its elaboration through finding new applications which give a future to a technique passed down through generations,” says Toro.

In March 2006 Toro presented an Ethnics Collection at the United Nations in New York for the Foundation Women Together, sponsored by the Queen of Spain. The 2010 Portland Fashion Week collection will be a statement of pride and show the world how rich the Latin culture is.

Toro will be recognized in Portland on October 11th by the Oregon Governor's Office, Partners of the Americas and Portland Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for her extraordinary commitment to Hispanic culture and tradition.

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