Last week, the U.S. embassy in Macedonia hosted a fashion show "with a goal of supporting Macedonia’s economic development, the fashion and textile sectors, and youth entrepreneurship."
While the continuing sequester had White House press decretary Jay Carney speculating that the "damage" done by the sequester might not be immediately known, that "damage" will apparently not include the Macedonian fashion scene.
According to the Washington Post, the sequester cut the State Department's diplomatic functions by $650 million. However, the day after Carney's comment, the U.S. embassy put on the fashion show for the second year in a row. Called “POP! Fashion,” the show was held on a runway constructed in the atrium of the embassy building:
Ambassador Wohlers opened the “Pop! Fashion” fashion show yesterday as part of Skopje Fashion Weekend. Government ministers, donors, and invited guests from the business, fashion, textile, and media communities attended the event that was hosted in the Embassy Atrium. Working with Fashion Weekend Skopje, the Embassy selected a mix of fifteen established and new designers from thirty two applications, with a goal of supporting Macedonia’s economic development, the fashion and textile sectors, and youth entrepreneurship.
The embassy's Facebook page included numerous photos of the event:
The local Macedonian Information Agency reported on the event as well, providing some additional photos of the fashion on display.
An email to the embassy asking about the cost of the event was not immediately returned.