Publishing Date : 30 October, 2017
Internationally acclaimed clothier Ineeleng Kavindama was in Johannesburg from Thursday this week as a visitor of the SA Fashion Week, now in its 20th 12 months and attended by a bevy of younger designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2018 collections on the runway.
Kavindama says she is in Johannesburg to pay homage to the SA Fashion Week and its founder Lucilla Booysen for exposing African style and empowering younger designers. Kavindama was one of many younger designers who had been featured by Booysen throughout the inaugural SA Fashion Week in 1997.
Kavindama – dubbed the Fashion Queen by the native media – first achieved prominence when she pioneered the merger of Southern African dressmaking and artistry with Western materials within the early 90s, impressed by the immense prospects of recreating Ndebele style.
Her beautiful Ndebele style put on and beadwork additionally shaped a part of the collections on the runway on the launch of the M-Web Face of Africa – southern Africa finalists in Johannesburg. The expertise, Kavindama stated this week, has impressed her to proceed exploring the infinite prospects of Ndebele design and knitwear.
Immediately, Ndebele style is well known internationally and is in vogue all through southern Africa. Subsequent month, the legendary clothier will return to South Africa to award upcoming younger designers from the SADC area with the Ineeleng Kavindama Fashion Award medals and trophy as a part of the grand finale of the Fashion With out Borders Designer Roadshow. The Fashion With out Border Designer Roadshow will probably be held on November 11 2017 on the Vereeniging Civic Theatre within the Vaal Triangle.
Kavindama says the gold medals are meant to inspire younger designers from the SADC Area, who're centered, have enterprise sense and a imaginative and prescient of the place they need to go within the close to future. “These awards are there to inspire younger designers from the area to know that it's attainable to singlehandedly change the developments and never to lose endurance in what they consider in,” stated Kavindama.
Within the final 20 years, Kavindama has received the most effective designer for Menswear on the South African Fashion Designers Affiliation in 1995. She is the primary designer from Botswana to showcase within the first M-Web Face of Africa in 1997. She can also be the primary designer from Botswana to take part within the South African Fashion Week in 1997 and 1999. Her intensive physique of labor has additionally been featured on CNN after successful the SA Fashion Designers Affiliation finest males’s put on in 1995. Kavindama later represented SA on the Vukani Fashion Present in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Early this 12 months, Kavindama gave awards to the most effective style designers and fashions with on the Fashion With out Borders Designer Roadshow in Gaborone. In July this 12 months, Kavindama judged the Botswana President’s Day Fashion Present. She is at the moment the Director of Ineeleng Holdings (Pty) Restricted, an organization that offers with supplying medical tools to the Botswana Authorities Hospitals since 2006.