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African inspiration . . . Timaru-based, Zimababwe-born fashion designer Lenon Wakuwa is aiming to hold an African-themed fashion show in Timaru in December. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

An upcoming fashion show will promote African music and performance while featuring a variety of South Canterbury residents.

Timaru-based designer and model Lenon Wakuwa is aiming to host an African-inspired fashion show in the town in early December, and is putting out a call for interested models and performers.

Unlike standard fashion shows, at which models walk down a catwalk, this event would include African music, dancing and performance, Lenon said.

“I want something different.”

The Zimbabwe-born designer hoped models and performers of all body shapes, sizes, races and genders would take part in the show.

Lenon on the catwalk.

It would also be the launch of Lenon’s fashion label, Adhlala Lenzo Creations.

“[It will be] a fashion label that celebrates and embraces all humanity.”

While a venue was yet to be confirmed, Lenon hoped to hold the show on December 1 in Timaru.

The Bachelor of Design graduate, who graduated from Invercargill’s Southern Institute of Technology in 2016, had a short internship with fashion label Zambesi but then had struggled to find other work in the industry.

So Lenon decided to start a label, launching it at the fashion show.

“The main idea behind it is to love, appreciate and to embrace all humanity while showcasing fashion as a form of art and also collaborating with upcoming, amazingly talented individuals.”

The artist, who has lived in New Zealand since 2007, has been working as a caregiver while preparing for the show, which Lenon hoped would attract a wide variety of South Canterbury residents to attend and take part in the show.

“My [designs] are mainly to empower women, inspired by my mother, Josephine Sararie Mukweveri, who raised me and my sister as a single parent from when I was 10 years old.”

If South Canterbury residents are interested in taking part in Lenon Wakuwa’s fashion show, they can call 204120-4456 for more information.