Belizean Fashion Designer to showcase creations for Prince Harry

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Joris Groenendaal (Joris Hendrik) (L)

Joris Hendrik, a young Belizean designer, will showcase an eco-fashion show at the Xunantunich Maya site in honor of His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales’ visit. Alongside representatives of several of the world’s major media houses in tow, HRH Prince Harry will visit the archaeological site of Xunantunich to take in more than panoramic views and ancient ruins. In a special show titled “Playing with Dolls” – a puppet and puppeteer drama – female models will assume mannequin poses while Hendrix gives the royal an explanation of each outfit. They will be wearing high fashion outfits made from recycled materials like newspaper, bottle caps, plastic tarps and magnetic tape.

“So many Belizean girls would like to meet Prince Harry while he’s here and my models are no exception. They are so thrilled about this opportunity. I’ve made sure they know that if the Prince asks them anything, they can break composure to respond,”

said Joris, who is all too aware that Saturday’s event may well be the highlight of his career.

“I was ecstatic when I found out I was getting the opportunity to meet Prince Harry and show His Highness, and indeed the world, my designs.”

Hendrik’s pieces definitely stand out in Belize’s budding fashion world. Ever since his initial designs hit the runway in June 2011, his definition of eco-fashion has been in high demand.

“I was really surprised at the reaction to my designs. I was just trying something I’d never tried before, testing the waters. I definitely try to focus on symmetry and that avant-garde look for my female models.”

More About Joris Hendrik
The Belizean designer behind the eco-fashion show is Joris Hendrik, a twenty-year old Belizean university student who dropped his major in Architecture to pursue a career in couture. “I have always had a thing for fashion but I actually started sketching designs when I was fifteen,” Hendrik says. “And I knew I wanted to do a different type of ‘Belizean’ with my clothing.

You can find out more about Joris on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JorisHendrik

Abridged from original article: http://www.travelbelize.org/royal-tour/prince-harry-to-enjoy-eco-fashion-show-in-belize

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