Meet Zamaswazi Nkosi, the designer behind the Somizi Idols SA outfits



From the streets of Zola in Soweto to Sandton, and now the worldwide stage, clothier Zamaswazi Nkosi is altering and difficult the normal world of design.

Beginning his profession as a footballer, being a global designer dressing Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida and Miss SA 2021, Lalela Mswane, Idols SA decide and actor Somizi Mhlongo, and native Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally Star Connie Chiume, in addition to South African actress Zizikhona Sodlaka, was by no means in his plans.

“I entered the style trade to discover the world, and I by no means imagined that I might be right here now, the place my life has fully modified,” Nkosi stated. The Citizen

The designer says the design occurred to him accidentally. “I am self-taught, I began designing after a soccer knee damage lower my budding profession quick.”

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Nkosi says he has all the time been a wise dresser, all the time standing out from the gang, even within the conservative world of soccer.

The designer performed novice soccer till the age of 21, when a knee damage pressured his profession in a special path. Nkosi says she had a knack for designing and used to recreate clothes as a result of she had nothing to put on, which superior her trend sense.

“Folks thought my sense of favor was bizarre and requested me why I dressed like that, however all their questions piqued their curiosity, main them to ask the place they may purchase the gadgets.

“They’d no concept that I used to stitch garments by hand and solely began utilizing a stitching machine later once I may afford it,” she stated.

A star is born

A godsend got here within the type of an introduction to Brian Lehang, a well known fashionista who believes in supporting budding entrepreneurs within the attire house.

“He noticed me at trend week in Newtown, requested me for a go well with and purchased me an industrial machine. It was a blessing, no one will purchase something from you and provide monetary help,” recollects Nkosi.

With a plan to indicate at trend week, he prevented the feedback of the cynics and made a transparent level to show them fallacious. Ready to interrupt the chains and enter areas closed by the guards of the sector.

A part of that course of was opening the doorways to South Africa Style Week, which required a qualification in trend, which I did not have.

“SA Style Week wished {qualifications} and I pushed till they allowed me to indicate. I might all the time work ten instances tougher in order that nobody may query my presence within the house,” stated Nkosi.

Designer to the celebrities

A grasp stroke for her profession was touchdown designs for Miss South Africa 2021, now Miss Supernatural Lalela Mswane.

Nkosi says he dressed a contestant named Busisiwe for Miss South Africa, hoping the organizers would name him to decorate extra women.

“I stored calling and this yr I used to be referred to as for the chance to decorate the Miss SA finalists. The pageant is a superb platform and it is worldwide, it will probably make or break you,” she says.

Nkosi is at the moment the favourite designer of former Miss South Africa, now Miss Supernatural Lalela Mswane.

Including to the record, she can even gown Miss Seychelles for the Miss Universe pageant and interviews for the finals, hand-picked after she was featured in Seychelles Style Week.

Somizi Mhlongo is one other large patron beneath his belt, and he designed garments for him SA Idols appearances

“What I do has to have a optimistic response. I designed it to Idols SA finish and labored with him [Somizi] from day one idols. My social networks have grown due to it, potential shoppers need referrals so that you look your greatest.”

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“I believe posting on social media and folks asking me which celebrities I’ve dressed brings in enterprise. I acquired to decorate Connie Chiume’s son and I ended up making ‘Mam’ Connie’s gown in three days for the Black Panther premiere in Hollywood.”

Nkosi says there may be nonetheless lots to be achieved within the trend house and he’s keen and keen to interrupt limitations to take action.

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