Local celebrated designer, Thabiso Salma Dibeela is billed to showcase at Accra, Ghana as the country celebrate its 60th independence and fashion in October this year. This event clashes with the Africa Fashion Week London 2017 where she was also billed to showcase.
Thabi D started her brand Thabied in 2007 which focused more on custom made clothing but later involved the corporate world.
She said back when she started, the industry was still small but growing at a slow rate. Over the years, she used gained experience to turn Thabied into a household name, now associated with signature brands. Her breakthrough eventually came in 2015 when then Miss Botswana queen Seneo Mabengano won the best dress of the pageant with an unmatched gown from Thabied. She has also dressed Miss Universe pageants over the years and has worked with a lot of reigning queens such as Tirelo Ramasedi and Sheillah Molelekwa.
Ghana, being one of the first countries to gain independence in Africa, has a big fashion industry which ranges from textile. The country experiences an inflow of buyers from Europe and the US on monthly basis. She added that she is glad to receive this kind of exposure.
Dibeela is the first Motswana to be invited to participate at the Accra Fashion Week, which will be the first of its kind since Ghana is celebrating 60 years of independence.
According to the Accra Fashion week website, ‘With the various fashion weeks across Africa and a growing thirst for African fashion creativity across the world, Accra Fashion Week aims to fill the void which seems tremendous creativity and culture across the continent with the absence of an operating fashion infrastructure.’
Accra Fashion Week will be operating to level a platform for African designers that which can be compared to fashion weeks across the major capitals. Ghana has held the flag for most of what many class as African fashion and will act as the main melting pot for Fashion business in Africa.