In 1992 the Library Fund-Raising Committee came up with an idea to hold a competition to look for a national dress. Well known Antiguan artist Heather Doram emerged as the winner with her classic and detailed design. Reminiscent of colonial times with a splash of European and African inspirations, Antigua’s new national dress quickly became a standard. As styles and times changed so did people’s desires to make alterations. While the original design is still very prevalent don’t be surprised to see a wide variation of interpretations. There are now formal styles, casual, sporty, modern, sexy, sleek and even something for the kids. With independence in a few weeks it is not too late to find a way to infuse your personal style into our national dress.