Eminent fashion designer and Vice President of Bangladesh Fashion Design Council (FDBB) Emdad Hoque passed away at a private hospital in Dhaka city on Friday. He was 57.
Born in Urdu Road, Old Dhaka, Emdad Hoque entered the field of textile design as a designer and started writing for fashion magazines. He completed his studies and joined the BRAC silk project before becoming a member of Grameen.
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In a career spanning more than two decades, the renowned designer has traveled the world representing Bangladeshi fashion at various venues, and has served as the founder of Studio Emdad, director of Banglar Mela and vice president of the Bangladesh Fashion Design Council. (FDCB) has worked to promote women’s empowerment through fashion in Bangladesh.
Emdad was diagnosed with kidney disease several years ago, after which he was forced to take a break from his career. He regained his senses and continued his work with great diligence and zeal till the end.
Emdad Hoque was hospitalized after complaining of breathing problems and was on life support for the last 50 days of his life. He breathed his last on Friday at 2 pm.
His last project, which involved working with Caddy, was incomplete. His dear colleague, designer Shaibal Saha, speaks fondly of the monumental project he envisioned before his tragic death.
“We hope to continue his work on Bangladeshi fashion with the same enthusiasm and zeal as he did, but we also hope to achieve his ultimate dream.”
His Namaz-e-Janaza was performed after the Isha prayer and he was buried at Chawkbazaar Shahi Jami Masjid.
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