Kasi fashionistas show talents

2016-06-09 06:00
 Dee Mvelase fashion show promoter.

Dee Mvelase fashion show promoter.

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The Eweness Fashion gala dinner held at the Look Out Hill on Saturday night was a major success, according to the organiser.

Dee Mvelase who staged a fashion week last year, said he had been longing to give designers in the township a “platform to showcase their works and creativity.”

“Our event showed that young people have great aspirations and talent,” enthused Dee.

On Saturday six designers, namely BEE Creations from Gugulethu, Zee Emporium – Site C, Sandie’s Clothing Line from Site B, Lloyd Couture from Site B and .Street SWAG Clothing and Entertainment also from Site B showcased their designs.

“ I believe that designers from the townships have grown very well in the fashion industry, yet people are not taking note of such development.

“Designers themselves don’t even realize how much effort they put in to dress their local people and the cause of all that is the lack of support from our communities, from people around us,” he said.

Dee said this is why why designers from ekasi don’t even get to the higher level of recognition.

“Today we are here to voice out our pain of being rejected by our by our communities, before even being accepted by strangers out there. These are our skills, our talents…..and you are our people, to support and criticise us constructively,” he said

The main purpose of the event was to expose designers to the community.

The designers who participated are members of the newly formed 8000 (Ikasi) Fashion Foundation which aims to strengthen the industry.

After hosting the Eweneness Fashion Week in October 2015, Dee realised that there are lots of challenges to be considered when one is planning to host any fashion event.

“Money and more time need to be invested for such events, and so as a great team that is capable of building together and achieving,” he said.

The 8000 (iKasi) Fashion Foundation invites all enthusiastic local clothing designers to join this initiative.

“We feel obligated to form structures which will unite such team and foster collaboration between our talents, businesses, lifestyle and promote local fashion designs in Cape Town and throughout the world” he said

The foundation serves as a platform for ikasi designers and fashionistas to share their ideas and experiences through catwalk shows, networking, individual interviews, forums and group discussions. Members are welcome to exchange their views, get inspired, brainstorm and collaboration.

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