What inspires you when designing a gown?
I don’t necessarily zone into a specific thing to spark my creativity but the evolving trends of the fashion industry and keeping ahead is mainly my muse. Also being proudly African and our heritage as black people is what often inspires me.
Why do you always incorporate traditional African textiles into your creations?
It’s my way of finding individuality. It’s my way of telling my story through the garments I create. I believe being proudly South African and African should translate into what we wear. By creating beautiful garments, people can embrace our local fabrics and material while in turn preserving our culture.
How do you feel about this Miss SA opportunity?
Being one of the designers to dress the finalists is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and to finally be here proves to the name I’ve built over the nine years being in the industry. Yes, there’s a bit of pressure to prove my creative skills but I know I will nail the job.
What was your impression of the two finalists?
I enjoyed meeting and engaging with the two ladies. They’re quite polite and bubbly which made it a breeze to work with them. I can’t reveal or describe how the gowns look, but I assure you that you’ll be blown away. I pushed the fashion boundaries with these gowns; they’re not something I’ve never done before… I can’t wait to see how the public responds to my stable creations' new designs and reinvention. The purpose is not to be different but unique with all my designs. I want when people take a first glance at my garments to know that "that’s Zamaswazi" without having to ask or check the label.
What’s next for you?
To take my creative designs to the world. I believe more people need to know of my bespoke couture with an African flair.