Ishmael Tsakatsa Made History By Becoming The First Zimbabwean Designer To Debut At Paris Fashion Week

Anticipation for the first ever debut show by Zimbabwean designer, Ishmael Tsakatsa and his high fashion label Zargue’sia at Paris Fashion Week 2021 for a Spring Summer 2022 collection themed “Stones of Fire” has been building since IFFAC Investment Holdings Company, an investment fund aimed at supporting Africa's creative and lifestyle industries, made the move to handpick the Zimbabwean designers' portfolio, and bring it to forefront of the prestigious fashion show.

At its core, Ishmael Tsakatsa's Paris Fashion Week collection featured emerging trends for the spring summer 2022 season, revealing light textiles and rich colors palette of earth tone brown, orange, pink, crème, and baroque inspired prints.

Themed “Stones of Fire,” it took Tsakatsa almost a year to create from first sketch to fabric selection, pattern making, and last stitch.

Ishmael Tsakatsa is the founder and head designer for the brand Zargue’sia. Born in 1992, Ishmael grew up with a love for unique fashion and style. He first appeared on the fashion scene at the Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2012 in a Young Designers competition. He then launched his brand Zargue’sia in 2013 at Zimbabwe Fashion Week where he was nominated for the Emerging Designer of the Year.

He was awarded the Zimbabwean Designer of the Year title at the Zimbabwe Fashion Awards night in September 2014. Ishmael’s designs are mainly inspired by the word of God from the Bible and the essence that lies behind his brand is the magnificence and radiance of God’s beauty.

Mungwadzi Godwin

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