Chinyangana wins fashion and craft competition


Harare-based fashion designer Tanyaradzwa Chinyangana (27) outclassed 35 other designers to be crowned the winner of this year’s edition of the Fashion and Handcraft Show competition this weekend.

The six-judge panel named Euvancio Chikati as first runner-up, while Caroline Godzongere and Sarah Marufu were tied for third, Angeline Dlamini settling for fourth.

Model Takudzwa Tavaguta was the best female model, while Panashe Murandu was the best male model.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Chinyangana said his emerging design company, Simiro, was born out of his extreme love for art and design.

“I am so humbled. It means a lot to win this competition, ”she said.

“We create accessories and clothing for women. Although I am a biochemist by training, art and fashion are at the heart of my heart.

Contest organizer and founder of fashion brand Chengetedza, Moline Katiyo-Mayhew, said the winners were selected through rigorous judging.

“Chinyangana won with a large majority, appearing first on two lists of judges, second on two other lists of judges, as well as fourth and fifth on two other lists of judges,” she said.

“I am happy that the competition was conducted on a fair basis with six judges, two internationals from UK and US, four more were local judges. Chengetedza will continue to seek more opportunities and visibility for winners and other designers.

Katiyo-Mayhew said the judges’ general comments were that there was a wide variety of models to choose from, which made it difficult to make the final decision.

“The judges were a consortium of global fashion experts, namely David Alford, who is an internationally renowned British fashion designer, whose fashion brand is the first and only Zimbabwe-born brand to be invited to present. at New York Fashion Week, ”she said. .

“Peter Rabvukwa is the founder of fashion brand Black Scissors and is also fashion director for Beatrice embroidery. Margaret Majo is a craft artist whose work has been fascinating internationally and locally. Sandra Moyo, Founder of Girls R Us Trust and Artisan, ”she said.

Katiyo-Mayhew said she wanted to make the competition – which was a partnership with Culture Fund, Creative Actions, the European Union and the Zimbabwe Germany Society – an annual event.

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