The idea was borne by three people who love fashion and recognize the burgeoning fashion industry in Zanzibar. We decided to celebrate Zanzibar’s unique up-and-coming fashion and create a festival dedicated to our one-of-a-kind island fashion flavour. The decision to create a Fashion Week Zanzibar was made on the spur of the moment and the whirlwind hasn’t stopped since. The FWZ has evolved and grown all on its own, becoming more than a festival now – it has become a community event, involving people from all over the island, and a celebration of all things fashion and Zanzibari style.
East Africa’s top photographer is more known for his stunning landscapes and portrait photography, but Javed’s interest in fashion photography is longstanding. By capturing Zanzibar’s fabulous style as expressed through clothing and modelling, Javed has found another way to express the beauty of Zanzibar. In starting Fashion Week Zanzibar, Javed hopes to both foster and nourish the burgeoning Zanzibari fashion industry and create a festival of local creativity, joining up-and-coming and established artists, models and fashion lovers of all stripes.
Zanzibari-born fashion designer Farouque Abdela comes from a family of textile and embroidery designers, and continued the tradition by getting his training in London. Farouque has worked as a costume designer in film and theatre, a clothing designer (including for prolific clients such as Princess Diana and other international celebrities), and has shown his work all over the world, from Paris to Tokyo. Having moved back to Zanzibar in 2004, Farouque has fostered and encouraged the growth of the local fashion industry, empowering young aspiring designers with his knowledge and experiences.
He is the manager of Bistro and a budding photographer. His love for fashion has driven him to be a part of Zanzibar Fashion week, he believes " If there is one thing that showcases the vitality, style and creativity of a country it is fashion."