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Preparations for Katutura Fashion Week on track

07 June 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Founded by model Dennis Hendricks, Katutura Fashion Week aims to give an opportunity to designers from all walks of life to showcase their unique talents.

The event seeks to embrace Namibian emerging designers from all walks of life to showcase just how much talent the country has. “And at the same time, we identify potential models across the country to give them a chance to be a part of this experience and thus, diversify fashion avenues,” said Hendricks.

In an interview with tjil, Katutura Fashion Week's public relations officer Jati Indongo announced that the event will take place from 26 to 28 September.

Indongo added that Katutura Fashion Week is envisioned to become the most influential fashion platform in the country, and it will take place on an annual basis. She said, the event will give an opportunity to emerging fashion designers from all 14 regions of the country to showcase and receive the necessary exposure which can help in catapulting them into a bigger market. “The end goal of Katutura Fashion Week is to have fashion designers from around the continent wanting to come and showcase in the land of the brave,” said Indongo.

Indongo shared that the first day will be an exhibition day where different exhibitors will be displaying and selling their garments at the Katutura Youth Complex. This will also be the venue hosting the two runway shows. “Another unique thing about this event is we will also have a Fashion Week Award, this is to pay homage to designers, makeup artists, models and all creatives in the fashion industry. We will announce information on how to enter in the coming weeks,” announced Indongo.

Organisers of this event are now gearing up to commence scouting for models from all 14 regions of Namibia. The Windhoek model casting will take place on Saturday, 22 June at Kalahari Coffee and Jazz Café. “There are various categories for the models male, female, plus size and child models,” said Indongo.

On the model specifications; Indongo shared that the minimum height requirement for males is 1.80 metres while for female models is 1.70 metres. “There are no height requirements for plus-size models and children should be aged between six and 12,” she said.

Sharing the status report on the applications, Indongo said the Katutura Fashion Week team is happy with the number of designers who have applied already. She revealed that over 100 designers have already submitted their application forms. “We have designers from New York, Zambia, Zimbabwe and more. We are happy with the progress we are making and dates for model casting in other regions will be announced in the coming weeks,” she said.

Katutura Fashion Week will also feature musical performances which will be strictly by Namibian artists. “As we draw closer to the event we will reveal the artist line-up which will strictly feature Namibian artist.”

“The event will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Tickets are already available at Webtickets and Pick n Pay outlets countrywide. We decided to announce early to give people enough time to prepare,” summed up Indongo.

MICHAEL KAYUNDE