CAVE Affair at Domboshava Caves near Harare came alive on Saturday afternoon when Tina Fashions held a fashion show dubbed October Fest.
Ropafadzo Mapimhidze,Features Editor
The show, which was co-organised by fashion designer Tina Zuze and Patricia Rodrigues, a pastor and musician, showcased some of the best African attires that could easily compete on international markets.
The show, which attracted mainly Borrowdale and Domboshawa residents, was a unique display of ethnic African designs that were blended with modern Western taste.
“I am so pleased with the outfit that I have bought here. I can’t wait for Saturday to put it on for a wedding. From now on I know where to buy something unique,” Helen Dodo of Harare said.
Secretary for Women Affairs and Community Development ministry Perpetual Gumbo could not hide her excitement as she strolled around the clothes on display.
“When I got here I said to myself ‘Zimbabwe is a beautiful country endowed with many tourist attractions and creative talent’,” she said.
Gumbo, who represented Minister Oppah Muchinguri, who could not make it to the show, said it was pleasing to note that the clothes on display were professionally done, with an expert touch.
“As I moved further around, I was completely dumbfounded when I saw these immaculately bright-coloured designed clothes which can match those that we buy on international markets.
“I wish the minister had come to see this because this is what we are encouraging women to do. Tina Zuze has a rare talent and it is amazing to imagine how one person can be so creative.”
One outfit that was called Mbuya Nehanda attire, which Rodrigues wore as she took to the stage to belt out some local jazz songs, was an instant hit.
Over 20 models drawn from Zuze’s clientele emerged from the changing rooms wearing the tailored coloured dresses, wrappers and blouses (some with a combination made from lace), wax prints, cotton damask, embroidered linen and hand woven material.
It was a spectacle scene that blended so well with the thatched shades at Cave Affair, an entity owned by Pasi Goredema.