Sankara Modelling Agency says it is planning to make its African Fashion Show an annual event aimed at promoting and preserving African values and identity.
Sankara manager and coach, Walter Madede said the annual event would showcase, promote and celebrate African diversity through Tapestry wear that is the 3D print Ankara wear that depicts the African way of dressing.
The modelling agency recently held a fashion show where different African designers, including Kenny Warambo, were invited to showcase their skills and talent in making garments using the African print.
Madede said it was worrying that most Africans had this crazy belief that modelling is all about Western or American dressing, wearing makeup and stuff, saying the Sankara fashion shows sought to counter the ill-informed perception that only American, British or French clothing was fashionable. This he said would be done through the introduction and presentation of fashion and beauty in an African way.
Mudede said the name Sankara was inspired by the late former Burkina Faso President, Thomas Sankara, a Pan Africanist who believed in the promotion and preservation of African values and norms.
Jay Tee who is the founder and CEO of S.o.G commended Sankara for the concept, adding he was delighted to be part of the designers working with Sankara
“As an African I feel proud and recognized” Jay Tee said.
Blessing Munjeri, popularly known as the fashion guru, said this would be the first time for Zimbabwe to hold an African fashion show.
“It’s a way of celebrating the beauty of the African culture, we get to celebrate fashion in a modern way but showing the world that we are proudly African,” he said
Young Zimbabwean models said the Afro-based fashion shows had helped them stay away from indecent behaviors such as prostitution and drugs.