According to the buzz on the internet, fashion design in East Africa is blossoming thanks to low start-up costs and also a high demand has led to an influx of new designers hot to jump on the brand bandwagon and hitch a ride to international success.
East African labels especially have been garnering attention in the past few years thanks to support from burgeoning institutions like FAFA and Africa Fashion Week, which have given designers that all-important media coverage and a platform on which to strut their funky stuff in front of the world.
So who are the east African designers on the verge of the big time? This week we are going to introduce you to the next-big-things in east African fashion.
Taibo Bacar, Mozambique
Taibo Bacar is a Mozambique designer who founded his label back in 2008. Since then he has been awarded not only Designer of the Year at Mozambique Fashion Week, but also Emerging Designer of the Year at Africa International Fashion Week 2012. He has exhibited at Angola Fashion Week, African Fashion Week Johannesburg, and was apparently the first African designer to take his designs to the inimitable Milan fashion week. This east African man is going places.
Taibo Bacar was born in Mozambique in 1985. His mother was a seamstress, so Bacar grew up around fashion and design and even sketched outfits for his mother’s clients. As a teenager, he headed to Spain to study design and pattern cutting as he wasn’t able to do this in his home country, Mozambique. From there he set up his haute couture label and the sky became the limit.
On his website, his last collection, ‘Mademoiselle Bacar’ is said to represent ‘the essence of the character of Taibo Bacar’s woman’. The collection was inspired by Evita Peron, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Diana, Sheikha Mozah.
photo credit: Taibo Bacar