Face of Africa Australia mixes fashion, beauty, arts and culture

Belinda Cipriano Fremantle Gazette

November 10, 2017 9:30A

FASHION, beauty, arts and culture united as fashion designers put on a spectacular runway show as part of the Face of Africa Australia (FOAA) event last week. The event, which also forms part of the Perth Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program, provides a platform to showcase creative talent within the African-Australian community.

Organiser Shumirayi Tsungu said it was exciting to see people support the fashion show. “The runway featured swimwear by African Designs WA, a kidswear collection by Saka, local designs by Amare Fashion House, Afro Modern Chic, Zahara Designz, Zoleesjoy, Danda Couture and a men’s collection by EN Maxwell Suits,” she said.

“The highlight of the night however was the very first international designer to grace the Face of Africa Australia runway, Wanita Kangcobo.

“Wanita Kangcobo’s showcased a bridal collection ‘umfelokazi’ (widower) which left the crowd absolutely speechless by the calibre of gowns which embodied sophistication, culture and style, a true reflection of her brand. “The brand is strongly influenced by the rich cultures of ‘Mother Africa’ shown in her beadwork, however it keeps with the trends through rich fabrics.” Ms Tsungu said having an international designer for the first time felt surreal. “It made the team realise how far Face of Africa Australia had come and where it is going,” she said. The group’s next project is the Face of Africa Australia Model Search combined with a fashion showcase to be held in Melbourne, where models from across the states will compete to become The Face of Africa Australia.

For more information visit www.faceofafricaaustralia|.com.au