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Homegrown fashionistas bursting into scene in Cuba
This year, a third option is bursting onto the scene after years of growing quietly in backroom workshops and bedroom studios.
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In this Oct. 14, 2016 photo, models present the collection of Cuban fashion designer Analu during Havana Fashion Week at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana, Cuba. Cubaââ¬â¢s designers are hoping that their lightweight blouses and fringed swimsuits will become popular items for visitors to take home. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In this Oct. 14, 2016 photo, a person records a model walking down the catwalk during Havana Fashion Week at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana, Cuba. Designers displayed their wares at the five-day Havana Fashion Week at Cubaââ¬â¢s most elegant theaters, where hundreds turned out for runway shows, private fittings and cocktail parties. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In this Oct. 14, 2016 photo, Cuban fashion designer Analu, center, walks down the catwalk with a model during Havana Fashion Week at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana, Cuba. Analu is one of Cuba's hundreds of private designers are turning out gauzy wedding dresses, brilliantly decorated bathing suits, linen pants and even uniforms for state businesses. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In this Oct. 14, 2016 photo, models present a collection during Havana Fashion Week at the Grand Theater of Alicia Alonso in Havana, Cuba. The new fashion industry is receiving a relatively warm welcome from the communist bureaucracy, perhaps because it doesnââ¬â¢t directly compete with the state. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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In this Oct. 14, 2016, photo, Cuban fashion designer Mario Freixas poses for a photo as he walks among vintage american cars on a street in Havana, Cuba. Freixas, a well-known designer who dresses many of the stars of state-run television, sells shirts for $20 and menââ¬â¢s and womenââ¬â¢s pants for $30. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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A model wears a swimsuit during Havana Fashion Week at the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. A small homegrown fashion industry is winning renown and an increasing share of Cubansââ¬â¢ limited clothing budget with simple but fun-and-stylish clothing produced on the island with natural fabrics and sold at competitive prices. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Homegrown fashionistas bursting into scene in Cuba

This year, a third option is bursting onto the scene after years of growing quietly in backroom workshops and bedroom studios.

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