Sunday, September 27, 2020

Motswana designer relishes Italy experience

Designs of first-rate quality in exclusive fabrics and feminine outlines, with a special attention to detail is what sets Motswana entrepreneur and fashion designer Kagiso Gaerole apart.

Although still a novice, Gaerole relishes her experience at the just ended Taormina International Fashion show which was held in Sicily, Italy. Speaking to Arts & Society, she says establishing a new label can be overwhelming for many young entrepreneurs but she is resolute to climb the ladder and be amongst those leading the pack in the global fashion industry.

The fashion business in Italy ÔÇô also known as the fashion capital – is believed to be the most difficult to breakthrough mainly because it is home to global brands such as Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Versace, just to mention but a few. The just ended Taormina International Fashion is famous of hosting award winning designers every year.

“I am proud to have showcased some African range designs,” she says adding that it was a good experience to have competed with other good designers from Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, United States, amongst many others.

When asked about the difference between Italy and Botswana with regards to fashion she says “Italy is home to the best fashion brands for a reason. I discovered that they respect fashion in that country,” adding that she hopes to use that same approach in Botswana.

Although this was the first International Fashion Show event she attended, she says her two week stay in Sicily, Italy allowed to make new connections and establish networks with some popular Italian fashion brands.

Gaerole showcased traditional and evening gowns which she made with the help of her Zambian friend Mirriam Musonda.

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