School kids across the country are being called upon to enter the Trash Queen Fashion show at this year’s HIFA.
Building on the success of the very popular recycled fashion show at the festival last year, the Lynde Francis Trust headed by Ondine Francis is currently going into schools and juvenile remand centres to inspire young people between the ages of five and seventeen to become the designers of tomorrow.
There are all sorts of creative masterpieces to be made from the likes of crisp packets, mahewu bottles, sunlight soap bags and cat food packaging. “Harare stands to be amazed by what our children can think of from the contents of their bin bags,” says Francis.
Since Trash Queen 2013, LFT has taken some of the recycled fashion to the catwalks of France. This year’s Trash Queen sees the introduction of outfits that were designed with the help of LFT, by school children and teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds from across Zimbabwe and as far afield as France. The aim is to spread the current passion for up-cycled fashion. These outfits, plus new ones from the small support groups, will start their world tour at HIFA and then move onto fashion shows already organised through Europe.
Email [email protected] to find out more about how you can be part of the design competition here in Zimbabwe or on tour in Europe.
Picture: The winning dress from last year’s Trash Queen by Lia Tariro Brazier