Tuku joins 41 models at Fashion Week

HARARE - Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi will join 41 top international models from Botswana, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe who will participate at this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week (ZFW) set for September 3 to 6.

Mtukudzi will also showcase some of his designer stage outfits at a black-tie event on the last day of the fashion week, where only 200 tickets are up for sale.

“Zimbabwe Fashion Week is our own, it is a home grown platform at which we should shine and showcase our true creativity with pride.

“I am taking part in this year’s event to show my support and to encourage other Zimbabweans to do the same. There is a lot that we can showcase as Zimbabweans, let’s use this platform to promote ourselves and our identity.  We need something to identify with in terms of fashion and this is a great starting point,” said Mtukudzi.

ZFW executive director Priscilla Chigariro-Gessen said the showcase was a platform for designers, most of who were struggling to get deals with retailers, to showcase their creativity to fashion industry stakeholders.

“This year’s event will run five shows per day. Fashion enthusiasts will see home-grown designers take to the runway, with inspiring labels featuring the latest trends in all categories including glamorous garments, ready-to-wear pieces, high fashion and the latest developments in menswear,” said Chigariro-Gessen.

Glitz, glam, history and culture will fuse at this year’s biggest fashion showcase as designers put the spotlight on the forgotten tribes of Zimbabwe.

Some of the tribes that will have their culture showcased through fashion include; Shona Ndebele, Nambya, Ndau, Tonga, Kalanga and Chewa.

“For many years, fashion has looked to dominant 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.

“These forgotten tribes employ their own unique fashion technique utilising the natural elements around them — from leaves, flowers and fruits to create intricate head-dresses, to painting artistic body art, shells and seedpods for jewellery, and feathers, fur and skin for uniquely crafted garments symbolic to each tribe’s respective custom,” Chigariro-Gessen said.

And this, according to the organisers, will be done through a Young Designers Programme, an initiative set to identify, empower and mentor aspiring young Zimbabwean designers, where the designers will have to capture aspects of the different tribes’ culture through fashion.

“The young designers this year have been tasked with highlighting the nuances of each tribe through beadwork, fabric and make-up. Each young designer has also been tasked to pay the upmost attention to detail to ensure that their representation of each tribe is factual and correct,” Chigariro-Gessen added.

Comments (2)

l hate the fact that people are using Oliver Mtukudzi's name to draw fans to their shows. Promoters should be reliably informed that its a crime coz this has been going on for too long and they are getting away with it just like that. l was not happy to hear that Mtukudzi had failed to make it to Chinhoyi last friday. Thats not the Tuku l know.

jodash - 24 August 2015

i am interested in modeling for Tukus Fsahion shows. Do you by any chance have an email address or a relevant contact?

model - 11 March 2016

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