There are a number of fashion shows that take place in Ulaanbaatar throughout the year. The biggest and most well know is Goyol which takes place in December over a whole weekend at the Cultural Palace. It showcases the best of Mongolian and international designers and models and normally sets the trend for the coming year’s look. Tickets for each day cost around Tg6000 but it’s well worth it for the show. Unfortunately you can’t take photographs without a photopass but a few shots from the aisles shouldn’t be a problem.
Moda takes place in the State Drama Theatre and costs around Tg4000. It concentrates a little more on traditional wear than the latest cutting edge fashion but is still worth a look – especially as the show is not your standard runway fair but incorporates scene from famous Mongolian plays and also opera signing.
Ulaanbaatar fashion week normally runs for 7 days in November in the large function room of the Chinggis Hotel. It’s meant to be a stylish venue but it tends to not as glamorous as the larger stages like that of Goyol and Moda. It’s Tg5000 for each show and if you ant to take photographs it’s a whopping Tg50,000 – per day. Only dedicated fans should attend.
Fashion Gala is over a weekend in October at the Cultural Palace. On the Saturday are song and dance performances by different acts from all over Mongolia, including traditional dancing and Morin Khuur ensembles playing. On the Sunday s the student fashion show. If the word ‘student’ conjures up images of badly sown on sequins and tie-dye atrocities then be prepared for a pleasant surprise. The clothes on the catwalk are well made traditional wear with a twist to modern collections that look straight out of the wardrobe of some LA pop star. Tickets are Tg3000 for each day and well worth the price
Cashmere Camel Catwalk is a mid-January annual event normally in the Continental Hotel. It showcases the must-have knitwear for next winter (even though in Jan the winter is still going on strong) and it represents the more wearable high street fashion that tends to be in short supply on the runways of Goyol and Moda. Normally a Friday and Saturday evening, tickets cost Tg3000.