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Gavin Rajah for Zim fashion week

If you are a fashion lover, you do not want to miss out on the Zimbabwe Fashion week.

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It is only a week away and I must say, I am looking forward to it. The previous shows had their glitches, due primarily to the infancy of the event. As the event matures and its organisers learn from their mistakes it is increasing in quality and credibility.

The calibre of designers showcasing this year is progressing as well.
Joining our local designers is South African designer and concept specialist Gavin Rajah, who will be headlining this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week on Saturday August 31.

Rajah, who is also a Unicef Goodwill ambassador, has featured in numerous international publications such as Vogue, Los Angeles Times, London Sunday Times, London Financial Times, Harper’s & Queen, L’Officiel, Icon, Milano Finanza Luna, Avant Garde, Uomo Collezioni, The Face, Donna and Citizen.

In addition to this, he curated an exhibition on Traditional Art and Crafts in the US for award winning movie director Steven Spielberg.

In 2006, Rajah launched Positive, an event and initiative geared towards raising funds for children with HIV and Aids in South Africa. Positive was the first Pan-African collaboration featuring designers, artists and musicians in one singular performance headlined by international artist Seal.

Passionate about working for and serving charity, Rajah has also staged various events for breast cancer. The “tenacious go getter” has also donated commissioned pieces for Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara’ Ball, to raise funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Rajah has dressed some of the world’s most sought after celebrities and personalities who include: Beyonce, Celine Dion, Jodie Kidd, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton and Tina Turner. His collections have retailed in some of the world’s most exclusive and fashionable boutiques and stores.

The serial entrepreneur has also designed exquisite jewellery collections for De Beers, as well as The Tanzanite Foundation. In 2005, Rajah featured in the hit reality series America’s Next Top Model by Tyra Banks as well as UK’s Fashion Avenue by Jodie Kidd. In 2007, he was appointed to be a judge for Holland’s Next Top Model.

Rajah has been the only African to speak at the Global Fashion Conference in Milan and his paper on Creating an Identity in Fashion: South Africa the future of fashion? made headlines in the Wall Street Journal and Milano Finanza.

Entering its fourth year, the theme for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2013 is Fashion through the ages which Founder, Priscilla Chigariro–Gessen describes as “a tribute to centuries of creativity and artistic endeavour that stand today as the most significant symbols of any historical period or expression of national identity”.

Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2013 will be held at Sam Levy’s Village, Borrowdale, Harare from August 29-31 and will showcase designers and artists from Zimbabwe and the continent.

Tickets are available for purchase next to Pistachio Restaurant by the Clock Tower at Sam Levy’s Village from Monday – Saturday between 10am-3pm.

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