Peter Tanyanyiwa Arts Correspondent
Edgars Stores have honoured their promise to mentor three fashion designers that participated in last year’s edition of Intwasa Fashion Show.
The three are Penelope Lacha, William Fred and Thobekile Zondo.
They begin their development programme this month and were part of the special collections that were presented at Intwasa Fashion Show in 2015.
The collections are by young designers showcasing for the first time after two months of grooming.
This is the second time designers from the platform have been taken in by Edgars Stores Limited.
Hunnar Management Agency has managed to facilitate a professional grooming programme in collaboration with Edgars to help improve Zimbabwean fashion.
This initiative is meant to benefit designers realise that fashion is a business and to nurture their skills.
“We are excited that the Alumni of the programme have participated at platforms such as Durban Fashion Fair, African Fashion Week, Harare International Festival of the Arts, South African Menswear Week and Ekurhuleni Fashion Festival, amongst many other outstanding fashion platforms.
“This year, we aim to assist a total of 12 Zimbabwean designers through the development programme that covers main aspects of the business of fashion,” noted Hunnar Agency in a statement.
Designers from across the southern region have participated at the Intwasa fashion show and last year was the second edition of the displays.
From 2014, 12 young designers have benefitted from the programme.
Success stories from this initiative include, award-winning designers, Saneliso Mpofu, Sidumiso Tshuma, Nkululeko Ncube, Nkanyeziyethu Malunga and Zanele Dube, amongst other outstanding designers who have represented Zimbabwean fashion at different podiums.