Inspired by her mother from a young age, Rosemarie Abela’s penchant for art and textiles saw her leaving Malta for Florence at the age of 17. After being accepted by the prestigious Polimoda University, Ms. Abela graduated in 2014 with a menswear collection which received rave reviews. On her return to Malta later that year, Abela opened a small studio and took up work with local menswear brand, Bortex. 2014 also saw Ms. Abela taking part in her first ever Malta Fashion Week where she won the award for best new designer. After taking a short break, Abela was back with a bang in May 2017 with her collection La Cupola, which showcased Abela’s talented use of different fabrics and textures to dramatic effect. Drawing inspiration from the Mosta Dome, Maltese skyline and neo-classical period, Abela used larger than life silhouettes embellished with embroidery and tassels. Following La Cupola’s success, Abela was asked to represent Malta at the October 2017 Serbian Fashion Week.