Farouque Abdela Design, Zanzibar

We had the good fortune to meet designer Farouque Abdela and his creative associates at the Zanzibar Beach Resort during the Africa Travel Association Cultural-Ecotourism Symposium last December. We were impressed on sight and are preparing a profile on his designs for one or more of our magazine issues underway. Here's a brief item from the Abdela Design website Born in Zanzibar, Farouque continued the family tradition as fourth generation tailor, going on to train at the London College of Fashion. Working with natural fibers and traditional African textiles,

Farouque creates couture and avant garde fashions. His exquisite fashion sensibility has been seen in films and theaters as well as on international catwalks. Masai and Egyptian traditions strongly influence Farouque's work. Encouraged by the late Princess Diana to maintain the African influence in his work, Farouque hopes to help African fashion gain recognition as a vital influence in global style. To this end, Farouque has held individual fashion shows in varied locales including: the 1999 Zanzibar International Film Festival and the Save the Children Benefit in London.


Fashion Zanzibar

Africa Fashion ... for traveling, attending gala events, meetings, or looking good for any occasion, has been a number one topic in Africa Travel Magazine and its powerful website. We use Webtrends to monitor our site, plus the power of Google and Yahoo to see how we stack up against other media. You will be surprised. Below is a link to my first article on the subject of hats. I have a passion for hats, as you will learn



Left: Zanzibari lady models one of the attractive gowns from Zanzibar designers (story and profile to come).


Photos by Jerry W. Bird and Muguette Goufrani