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Opportunities for Female Fashion Designers this Women’s Month

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This month is Women’s Month a month to celebrate all that is women and there are some wonderful opportunities available for the women of eThekwini at the Durban Fashion Fair.

First however let us hear from a fashion designer that has taken part in the Fair. I managed to catch up with Nassim Samma.

Nassim Samma, with her Samma Collections Creations on the Durban Fashion Fair ramp as well she is a regular exhibitor (800x533)

(Nassim Samma with her SAMMA COLLECTIONS)

Nassim Samma is the founder of SAMMA COLLECTIONS which is a clothing line based in Burundi, and was launched in 2015. Nassim Samma’s business and love for fashion dates back to her childhood. She enjoyed experimenting with styles and creating unique looks as she grew up and developed a real passion for working with different textures and materials made in Burundi. This has resulted in the creation of her own colourful design aesthetic. Her collections represent the cultures, beauty and colours of Africa.

I managed to interview Nassim Samma and ask her some questions about all things fashion and this is what she had to say:

Where did your interest in fashion begin?

‘’It began at 13 years old.’’

What is your advice for young fashion designers?

‘’Be patient and chase your dreams.’’

How did you get involved with the Durban Fashion Fair?

’It started at DFF2018 with a Burundian Model HAKIM NKENGURUSE.’’

How has the Durban Fashion Fair helped you?

‘’It has helped me to be very confident and become recognized in social media.’’

What are the fashion trends to look out for in 2019 and 2020?

‘’It’s The 1970’s all over again so full of colour.’’

Tell us about Burundi?-

‘’My country is so full of beauty, in Culture as much as nature. We have the best coffee.

We also have a very beautiful Lake Tanganyika and the Hippopotamus which attracts more tourists.’’

What makes your designs different from other clothing designs?

‘’It’s always unique and the tropical colours make it special and even more beautiful.’’

What do you do to relax?

‘’Music and Travel.’’

This month is Women’s Month what is your message to the women out there?

‘’To keep fighting for their right, be proud of our selflessness, be confident no matter what happen and to keep moving forward for a better future because I believe we can change the world.’’

Where can people find out more about your designs on the internet or social media?

My Instagram Page : Samma collections


You can see Nassim Samma at this year’s Durban Fashion Fair at the ICC Durban from September 25-27 and there is also the DFF Recognition Awards on September 28. Tickets on sale at end of August from


The annual Durban Fashion Fair is one of the biggest fashion events on the South Africa fashion calendar and is well attended by a number of fashion media, fashion buyers and “lovers of all things fashion”.

This year, the Durban Fashion Fair will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) from September 25-28. The DFF will form part of the annual Durban Business Fair which is a premier and comprehensive business exhibition proudly hosted by eThekwini Municipality. Now celebrating 21 years, the Durban Business Fair is one of the innovative

economic development programmes hosted by the Municipality to ensure that small and medium businesses remain active and are included in the radical economic participation of the City’s economy.

This is the perfect opportunity for female fashion designers.

Within the Fashion Pavilion space, it offers a great platform for businesses within the clothing, textile, footwear and leather goods industries (all things fashion) to promote and market their brands, products and services.

Follow them on @Dbnfashion_fair / #madeindurban / #supportlocal/ #DFF2019


THE Workshop Shopping Centre and eThekwini Municipality is calling on all emerging fashion designers and fashion students to enter a challenging and unique competition that will require them to make a garment in 120 minutes.

The “live garment design challenge” is open to those who believe they have what it takes to sew a winning dress in just two hours.

The competition to be held at the centre on Saturday, September 14th is part of the City’s continuous drive to develop and promote the clothing and textile industry.

The Programme Manager for the Business Support Tourism & Markets Unit, Sindi Shangase, who also spearheads the Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) said: “The aim of this challenge is to provide young fashion designers with a platform to develop their entrepreneurial skills as they will also be trained in all aspects of the fashion business by an industry expert.

The judging panel will be made up of Lindiwe Kuzwayo, founder of the Lindiwe Kuzwayo Fashion Design Studio and Lindiwe Kuzwayo Academy of Fashion, as well as local acclaimed fashion designers, Mxolisi Mkhize, founder of House of Saint Luke and Kwenzi Nkomo, founder of Indoni Fashion House.

The Workshop Centre Marketing Manager, Zola Madondo said: “We are very excited to be aligned with such a landmark community-upliftment project which promotes innovation. We want to assist young designers to start their own businesses and make waves in the fashion world to combat unemployment in the country.”

Interested designers must submit their portfolio of work at the Workshop Info Desk by Friday, August 30th between 9am and 5pm on Monday to Saturday, or between 10am and 4pm on Sundays.

For more information, visit The Workshop’s Info Desk, Facebook page or contact Zola Madondo on 031 304 9894 during office hours, or visit

Follow them on @Dbnfashion_fair / #madeindurban / #supportlocal / #DFF2019 / #YDC2019

Events for your Diary

  • Women’s Month – August 2019
  • Durban Fashion Fair at the Durban ICC on 25 and 28 September 2019


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This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

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