Quiteria & George, a South African designer duo is showcasing at the 16th edition of Dakar Fashion Week taking place from 20 to 24 June in Senegal.
They are among 35 chosen designers from around the world. In remembrance of the 1976 uprising in Soweto and in celebration of today’s youth, especially women, the pair have named the line: “WARRIOR”.
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“This collection is reflective of all aspects of tradition and culture. We strive to always show diversity in our work through demonstrating architecture in motion, which is informed by keeping abreast with the latest trends, pop culture, and societal discussions,” says Quiteria Kekana, co-designer at Quiteria & George. “We found it of vital importance to close the gap and drive a dialogue about youth and women empowerment. In a world that is driven by patriarchy, dissolution and imbalances, it is crucial as creatives to recall the disempowered and place their discourse in the forefront.”
George Malelu, co-designer at Quiteria & George, adds: “To strive and find the warrior in today’s young women, the aesthetic of our designs focuses on the pre and post Democracy to create the synergy between the two women, because these generations feed off from each other. This is for women as they continue to build, love and nurture by displaying insurmountable strength.”
Quiteria & George, with over four years in the industry have a formidable rap sheet in the local fashion industry and are no strangers to dressing celebrity A-listers. The pair have designed for various shows including the Miss South Africa pageant 2018, African Fashion International (AFI), Durban Fashion Fair, Arise Fashion Week in Nigeria, as well as Johannesburg Fashion Week.
Dakar Fashion Week, which is planned and executed by Adama Paris – whom is well respected in the fashion industry was created to showcase African talent and to celebrate fashion by revealing the cultural riches of the continent. It is a space where supporting industries, such as music and hair get an opportunity to grow their network, celebrates African beauty and the emancipation of African women. Moreover, It offers young designers a platform to display their talent to the rest of the world.
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