THE phenomenally successful Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW) is spreading its wings to international capitals and will this year launch its London edition, according to the organisation’s founder and director, Priscilla Chigariro-Gessen.
The Zimbabwe-born former model-turned-entrepreneur says rising demand for similar networking events from the Zimbabwean diaspora community across the world had led to the expansion of the project.
The theme for ZFW 2015 is “Fashion Redefined”.
For many years, fashion has looked to predominant culture for inspiration - from subjects such as popular sport, music, architecture, movies and fine art.
In 2015, Zimbabwe Fashion Week redefines fashion by looking to and focusing on forgotten or unknown tribes around the world.
I think the major highlight was winning the young designer of the year. It made me realize that I am doing something fabulous and something that other people appreciate therefore I should take it seriously rather than the half job half hobby way that I was handling it. I have something to contribute to the industry so will start playing my part.
Also seeing what other designers were doing really inspired me. I took notes to improve on quality, creativity and to generally be a perfectionist. Especially the designer of the year - Yemurai Mpinyuri! Her work was incredible! I think l stood up in awe during her show.