Martin Kobler, Ambassador of Germany in Egypt (2003-2006)
“The students of Helwan university…. have achieved far more than simply improving their dressmaking skills. The brilliant designs sparkle with happiness, life, harmony and beauty. The repertoire ranges from what tends to be traditional patterns over elegant evening attire to clothes that are body-enhancing. Egyptian and European influences have fused here into something that is new and utterly special.
All designs have a common element: they were designed by creative people who followed their individual imaginations beyond all authority and external control. This is where the true success of this project originates. The dialogue of cultures can only flourish if there is freedom – the freedom of the individual to transfer her or his thoughts about different realities of life into creative action.”