The series is back and Donovan Faranando (DF) had a chance to talk with a leading fashion designer Zaahida Ackerdien (ZA)of Modestly Captured in Cape Town, South Africa who is changing the way women feel and live through her designs.Take a read of how the conversation went about!
DF: Who is Zaahida Ackerdien?
ZA: I am the Designer and Owner of the brand called Modestly Captured a proudly South African brand that started in 2014 to dress all women from all walks of life modestly.
DF: Why do you do what you do?
ZA: I do what I do because I’m passionate about the fashion culture and its diversity while making people look good through the creative skills that have been passed onto me from my grandfather who was a tailor.Ultimately I love what I do and I saw a need to provide women with a fashion line of modest wear locally because not all retailers provide modest clothing
DF: Fashion it’s a diverse culture, tell us more about the modern women you cater for?
ZA: Modestly Captured is Cape Town Designer Brand Proudly South African. Fabrics are sourced in Cape Town Locally and everything is designed for all women from all cultures who want to dress modestly; feel good and look good at the same time. My Brand focuses on modest trendy style clothing designed for all women. My designs are based on my creative personality and passion
DF: Is there gender inequality when it comes to people who own fashion brands?
ZA: For me, I feel both women and men are designing fantastic collections and there has been an increasing inequality where both men and women have the opportunity to showcase their designs locally and internationally but I do feel there is still room for growth in fashion amongst both men and women from all cultures.
DF: Tell us why are you a creative for Africa?
ZA: My aim is to empower women to be strong and independent through my designs and also to be a voice of change, not an echo.
DF: If there’s anything you would like to change in Africa what will it be?
ZA: Africa is beautiful, I love the diversity I do feel that there is definitely more room for growth in local marketing, branding and creative talents for young designers and entrepreneurs!
DF: Any last words to fellow creatives who would want to follow in your steps?
ZA: Belief in yourself never give up always strive for what you believe in and work hard and through perseverance, you will reach your dreams!
DF: Where can people find you on social media?
ZA: Facebook: modestly captured
Twitter: modestly captured