Zimbabwe Fashion Week celebrates inaugural creative accelerator programme graduation

Zimbabwe Fashion Week celebrates inaugural creative accelerator programme graduation

The Zimbabwe Fashion Week Trust proudly announces the successful graduation ceremony for the inaugural cohort of the Creative Accelerator Programme, held on May 11th, 2024, at the National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe. This event marks a significant achievement for the initiative, aimed at nurturing the next generation of Zimbabwean fashion designers.

The graduation theme celebrated Zimbabwe’s rich cultural heritage, drawing inspiration from iconic figures like Mbuya Nehanda and Sekuru Kaguvi. Cohort members utilized linen fabric to create garments that reflected their personal stories of inspiration and resilience. Selected for their exceptional creativity and potential, designers such as Ashley Kagande, Diana Mlambo, Lorraine Chaza, and Isheunoziva Zuze demonstrated their mastery of draping techniques.

Showcasing their collections were renowned designers Evelyn Mubochwa of AfroJumbo, Tashinga Chigombe of Yet, and Kundai Mangena of Caryn Amani. Their designs spanned streetwear, formal, and casual attire, embracing body diversity and celebrating plus-size fashion.

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Honourable Emily Jesaya, Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts, Recreation and Culture, highlighted the importance of fashion as a reflection of Zimbabwe’s heritage. Priscilla Chigariro, Founder of Zimbabwe Fashion Week, emphasized the program’s alignment with the Trust’s mission to mentor and develop young designers.

Director Marshall Mutsamwira noted the program’s role in fostering a supportive community and advancing the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education’s entrepreneurial initiative, Heritage Based Education 5.0.

The Zimbabwe Fashion Week Trust extends gratitude to sponsors, including The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust, The European Union Delegation to Zimbabwe, British Council of Zimbabwe, and partners like Chinhoyi University of Technology. Appreciation is also given to graduation sponsors and partners, including The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, Supermodel Zimbabwe, Kumusha Wines, and more.

For more information, visit Zimbabwe Fashion Week or contact via email at programs@zimbabwefashionweek.com.

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