Local fashion designers have hailed the ongoing Zimbabwe fashion week as a springboard which will enable them develop their talents and access new markets.
The designers say the fashion extravaganza is a much needed platform which has exposed them to international designersâ€™ wealth of knowledge and a deeper understanding of the industry.
Speaking to ZBC News after showcasing their designs, Moline Katiyo of â€œHande Babieâ€ fashions, who specialises in African themed attires, and Terrance Chipembere of â€œA Tribe Called,â€ said the showcase has helped their visibility as well as growing their knowledge of the industry.
â€œThe Zimbabwe Fashion Week has got me recognition which has helped me grow. International designers have a lot of support and have opened opportunities we did not know even existed,â€ said Moline Katiyo.
â€œThis is what we have been lacking over the years; the interface with international designers and the exhibitions have given me a deeper understanding of what the industry is like internationally,â€ Terrance Chipembere said.
The 2nd edition of the Zimbabwe Fashion Week, which started on the 31st of August and ends on the 3rd of September is a platform for designers to interface while showcasing their designs to local and international buyers as well as fashion fanatics.
This yearâ€™s edition will see ten local designers battle it out for a scholarship to further pursue studies at Studio Five in South Africa.