On Friday 19 October 2018 Zimbabwean brides to be will experience African royalty on stage as Nkazana will be showcasing their bridal wear collection at an exhibition dubbed the “Umakoti Royal Bride Exhibition” at the National Art Gallery In Bulawayo.
Nkazana is a collaborative effort between Ganu head designer and founding director Nkanyeziyethu Malunga (Nka-) and A Tribe Called Zimbabwe founder and head designer Nomakhosazana ‘Zana’ Ncube (-zana)
The duo cast seven models who will grace the stage during the event. The catch behind these models is that they are not the typical kind; they represent an ordinary day to day Zimbabwean lady. Speaking to our crew Nkanyeziyethu who is one of the designers and organisers of the unique exhibition said “We want to celebrate the average Zimbabwean mother who is not your typical model that you always see on magazines. We are only exposed to western bridal collections and there is need for us to start celebrating and preserving our own identity and culture”.
When asked about the designing process Nkanyeziyethu highlighted that the gown collection for the models were all designed after meeting the models, which helped the designers draw inspiration from them. “We want to bring a artistic expressions which touches on so many aspects from eastern Asia to our tribal cultural atmospheres” added Malunga.
The two fashion houses are not new to the fashion world. “A Tribe Called Zimbabwe” is a Zimbabwean brand set on celebrating the country’s heritage and identity through fashion and architecture. Ganu is popularly known for using traditional knowledge systems in textile and fashion design.
With a merger of these two powerhouses it is guaranteed that Umakoti is set to bring a distinctive contemporary African shift to the bridal world.