Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) returns for its fourth year in Mzuzu next month with 20 local and international designers confirming their participation.
In a statement made available to The Nation, MzFW founder Wezi Mzumara said they have organised a number of activities for one week beginning on October 1.
she said the activities include fashion shows and creative business seminars on beading, tie and dye, macramé, entrepreneurship and marketing.
“Fashion Week is more than a chance to show off clothing. It is a convergence of art, passion and creativity. It is an opportunity for Malawi’s designers to display their talent and vision through fabric.
“So, more than simply providing a platform for local designers to promote their products, the event hopes to inspire a new generation of fashion designers and entrepreneurs. These individuals could then use their skills to create jobs as well as products that may be exported, thereby generating revenue for the nation,” said Mzumara.
So far, designers who have registered include MisK(Mzuzu), Sallinda Fashions (Mzuzu), ChiCha Fashions (Mzuzu), Nandi (Zimbabwe), Elias (South Africa)and Tenje (Blantyre).
Mzumara said the designers will showcase their new collections at runway shows to be held for two evenings.
She said this year they also have student designers participating in the event.
“On the Saturday of Mzuzu Fashion Week, we will introduce the Lifestyle market, which is an all-inclusive market for everything lifestyle. Market stands will feature those in the sectors of fashion, travel, food, arts, crafts and entrepreneurs within and around Mzuzu to promote and sell their products,” she said.
Sallinda Fashions founder Sally Nyirenda, who also attended the last event, said the fashion week has exposed her talent and grown her business.
“I have used skills learnt in the seminars to create jobs as well as products that attract a lot of customers,” she said.
MzFW was established in 2015 by Kwanza PR and Zik Garvey Investments.