Tanzanian Mustafa Hassanali is Headline designer: AFWLondon 2016
By Yemisi Suleiman
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.
A medical Doctor by Profession, fashion designing began as a hobby in 1999, when 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 credited 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, but he also believes in the enhancement of the Tanzanian Fashion Industry on the whole. His designs reflect the deeply embedded cultural heritage of Tanzanian society along with the avant-garde, couture and contemporary styles.
A former Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports in Tanzania, Mustafa has showcased in 31 cities across 21 Countries globally, representing as Tanzania Fashion and Cultural ambassador. And for the first time, he will be showcasing in London, on the Africa Fashion Week London platform. His works have been highly appreciated at the International level. He has worked alongside Naomi Campbell who has modeled for him, to various celebrities and high profile leaders who have adorned his couture.