In­ter­na­tional de­signer holds work­shops in Byo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Show­biz Re­porter

RENOWNED in­ter­na­tional eco-fash­ion de­signer, John Ablaza, who is known for his use of sus­tain­able local ma­te­ri­als in his de­signs, is hold­ing work­shops with local designers in Bu­l­awayo.

Ablaza who is in Africa for the first time, is a Mani­l­abased de­signer whose awe-in­spir­ing col­lec­tions have graced the run­ways of Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Lon­don, Bahrain, Syd­ney and Toronto.

Ablaza yes­ter­day held work­shops that will end on Satur­day at the National Gallery of Zim­babwe in Bu­l­awayo with 55 designers, ar­ti­sans, pho­tog­ra­phers and models.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ablaza, who de­rives in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture, will be in­ter­na­tional fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Jhenny Morales Evans to also share her ex­pe­ri­ence in fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy.

Hun­nar Man­age­ment Agency founder Gil­more Tee Moyo, who is or­gan­is­ing the se­ries of work­shops, said they were ex­cited to host Ablaza and Morales-Evans.

“We are re­ally ex­cited to be host­ing John Ablaza and Jhenny Morales-Evans dur­ing their stay in Bu­l­awayo. Par­tic­i­pants for the se­ries of work­shops in Bu­l­awayo are com­ing as far as Plumtree, Lu­pane, Ma­tobo, Gweru and Vic­to­ria Falls. They should ex­pect to gain so much knowl­edge, but should not be afraid to also share their ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the work­shops”, said Gil­more Tee.

He said par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to pro­duce pieces and that will be show­cased on Au­gust 4 in Harare as an end prod­uct of the work­shops.

Gil­more Tee said Ablaza has a pas­sion of us­ing local nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in com­ing up with high end fash­ion de­signs and Zim­bab­weans could learn a thing or two.

Ablaza is a de­signer that will be sure to im­pact his knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tally and so­cially re­spon­si­ble fash­ion.

He is a de­signer who ap­pre­ci­ates the en­vi­ron­ment, the peo­ple and the things that he sees around him ev­ery day whilst ac­com­mo­dat­ing the dif­fer­ent nat­u­ral el­e­ments and turn­ing these into fash­ion,” said Gil­more Tee.

Last week Ablaza was in Harare and held sim­i­lar work­shops at Harare Polytech­nic Col­lege and Kusika De­sign Cen­tre.

The renowned in­ter­na­tional de­signer is in Africa for the first time and was in­vited by the United States of Amer­ica Em­bassy in Zim­babwe in part­ner­ship with Hun­nar Man­age­ment Agency, Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Film & Fes­ti­val (ZIFF), ZedLa­bel, Mus­tard Seed Africa and KUSIKA De­sign Cen­tre.

John Ablaza

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