Stop offering exposure as payment, says the fashion designer
Mthabisi Tshuma, showbiz reporter
With his fashion brand called Indwangu, an Xhosa word for fabric, the fashion designer Mthobi Sibanda wants to change the game with his designs and needs people to support him.
The new kid on the block designs a variety of clothing items, including haute couture and bridal wear.
Haute couture is the creation of exclusive, tailor-made clothing. It is a high end fashion design that is handcrafted from start to finish and is made with high quality fabrics.
Chronicle Showbiz has caught up with the aspiring designer, whose works show off his youthful spirit.
Academically correct with a National Diploma in Fashion Design from Bulawayo Polytechnic College, Mthobi ventured into the world of fashion in 2016.
âI got into the fashion industry around 2016 and started styling people, polishing up their clothes by ripping jeans and dyeing T-shirts. I am very passionate about my work and I am motivated by the environment around me. My creativity is not restricted as I make drawings and take inspiration from everything around me, âsaid Mthobi.
One cannot talk about haute couture and not mention Tapfumanei Munenge, who runs the Enigma brand, which has Kikky BadA $$, Miss Becky and Pokello as ambassadors. As a person with an interest in this fashion category, Mthobi said he worked with Munenge who really helped him.
âMy greatest success was my internship at Tapfumanei Munenge, as he is one of the greatest fashion designers in the country. Working with him, I came into contact with different people, including celebrities like Madam Boss.
“For a person straight out of college, this was a great accomplishment indeed as it was the desire of every young designer or start-up designer,” Mthobi said.
Mthobi said the biggest challenge he continues to face is people don’t appreciate him.
âThe biggest challenge I faced was getting people to pay us in kind instead of cash.
My vision is to become one of the leading fashion brands in Zimbabwe to fly the Zimbabwean flag, âhe said.
Mthobi has presented his work twice at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, a platform that he thinks has been a great marketing tool.
“It’s the only show that has ever given me a token of appreciation,” he said. – @mthabisi_mthire.