Pan-African Designer Mustafa Hassanali, a celebrated name in Tanzania who pursues fashion as a religion, is the headline designer for Africa Fashion Week London 2016, the organisers of AFWL announced Monday.
Mustafa Hassanali personable and affable demeanor in parallel with his bohemian work of art has made him one of the leading and popular designers in Tanzania and beyond. Considered a fashion guru, his designs reflect the deeply embedded cultural heritage of Tanzanian society along with the avant-garde, couture and contemporary styles.
A medical Doctor by Profession, fashion designing began as a hobby in 1999, whereby one of his first creation was worn by Hoyce Temu who was crowned Miss Tanzania 1999 wearing his signature evening gown. Thus began the roller coaster ride that eventually led to the growth and creation of Tanzania Fashion Industry which can be duly accredited to the zeal and zest of Mustafa Hassanali.
Hassanali’s zest for fashion is not only limited at fostering his own creations and offering something new to his target audience – he is the creator of the acclaimed Swahili Fashion Week, a platform he founded in 2008 to help enhance the Tanzanian Fashion Industry on the whole, as well as Swahili-speaking Africa and other regional countries at large.