The organisers of the Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair 2006 (BIFF&BIL 2006) today confirmed the events are unaffected by Tuesday's military coup and will take place as scheduled.

The trade fairs, which begin next week under the theme of 'A Brave New World of Fabulous Fashion,' will showcase a mix of apparel, textile and leather fashion products as well as related accessories.

Over 600 exhibitors from Thailand and the ASEAN region, India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan are expected, and a number of special areas are being set up alongside the trade shows to boost the image of Thailand as Asia's fashion hub.

The Young Designers Room provides a platform for Thai designers to showcase their creativity and imagination in fashionable garments, leather goods and accessories to international fashion buyers.

And the 12 leading textile manufacturers in the Thai Tex Trend (T3) Forum will show how they have produced a range of different fabrics - including knits and wrinkle free qualities - in line with global fashion trends. This initiative is part of the Department of Export Promotion's 'Thai Textile for World Market Project,' and has already helped increase both product and export value.

Fabrics developed by the T3 project will also be used by companies in the Thai Cluster pavilion which will display their latest high-end men's wear, women's wear and sportswear designs for spring/summer 2007.

Thailand's cottage industry is also represented in 'One Tambon One Product' (OTOP), and will include quality products including silk/cotton, ready-made clothing, shoes/bags, and handicrafts, including products for export.

BIFF & BIL 2006 is organised by the Thai Ministry of Commerce's Department of Export Promotion, and takes place at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center from 27 September to 1 October.