Q:What was your inspiration behind this collection?
A: Swimwear is relatively new to the Zim runway and is something I enjoy creating. I know of only one swimsuit designer in Zimbabwe, Joan Burger. This inspired me to create something fresh for my final year exhibition. I wanted to create and market a holiday collection for Zimbabwean women who like going on holiday to beach destinations internationally while locally like to enjoy summer and pool parties.
Q:Tell us more about your runway set up and collection ?
A:The runway was set up to create a holiday feel with the palms, garde, poolside chairs, rocks, stones and sea shells. The runway aimed to bring a little piece of the beach to the city. While for my collection, the swimsuits were in three categories the jungle inspired,explorative neons and finally the toned down browns with a hint of blue and white contrasts. As for the maxi dresses, I used white as a base because I wanted the ‘clean n crisp’ feel to it. The feedback has been great from fashion commentators however I’ve had critics point out that I did a summer collection in winter. However, critics should note my exam was not limited by seasons.
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Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Plans for the future is to do my masters in textiles and I hope to contribute to reviving the Zimbabwean textile industry . Adding on, I would like to personalise textiles for specific clientele and local designers/manufacturers instead of them importing. I’ve started a fashion and art design home schooling which I hope to expand . Eventually I would want to register an exclusive Zimbabwean fashion school. I’m also working on selling some of my fashion pieces online.
Q: Who are your favourite designers both
locally and internationally that we should pay attention to?
A:My local favourite designers are my personal friends Tapfumanei Munenge, Nkululeko Ncube and Tinashe Adby Phiri internationally I’m drawn to Ellie Saab, Zuhar Murad and Stephanne Rolland