#MBFWCT17 Designer Alert Taibo Bacar

“When you have an idea, you have to develop it for the world.” 

Giambattista Valli 


Experimenting with conscience, and always keeping in mind that he creates for the customer, the son of a seamstress, Taibo Bacar believes that similarly to using the same alphabet for a variety of different languages, so too with fashion do we use the same resources to achieve an array of results.

Excited by the passionate embrace of fashion in South Africa, it is the contribution of his clients in Mozambique that have kept the Taibo Bacar brand alive, and have shaped him by affording Taibo opportunities to showcase on platforms outside of his native country, such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town.

With career highlights including being awarded Designer of the year at Mozambique Fashion Week 2008, showcasing at Milan Fashion Week 2011 and receiving the Emerging designer of the year award at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012, Taibo began falling for fashion whilst watching his sister get ready for school in the morning, and draws his inspiration from an array of sources, including brands and designers, depending on the season.

When he isn’t designing, Taibo loves spending time with family and friends and pours himself into literature and the great outdoors.

Living in the present, Taibo wants to see Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and Fashion Weeks around the world grow to become even bigger platforms for emerging designers, and believes that fashion is a vehicle to inspire the youth, impacting them to create brands and build their dreams.

The powerful presence of his mother as his mentor has moulded and shaped Taibo, with his greatest challenge being the lack of an existing fashion industry in Mozambique. When he started his career, there were only a handful of stores in Maputo selling fabrics. Without quality or quantity available when it came to textiles, there were also no modelling or photographic agencies operating at the time. He had a dream of becoming a designer in a place where it was almost impossible, because of the lack of infrastructure, resources, education, network and industry. Today, there are more resources as the industry grows, and he has become a better designer through the invaluable lessons he learnt, challenges he faced and experiences he has shared over the last 8 years.

Taibo believes that the stage is set for African designers, and now is the time for African brands to penetrate the international fashion market, but first it’s necessary to establish more effective partnerships on the African continent.

Influenced by his ethnic background, from traditional Mozambican customs, to lively dances and ever-shifting cultural movements, as well as the strength and love of the modern woman; Taibo Bacar’s Collection is a celebration of Mozambique. Offering customers’ quality paired with a sense of identity, it is both vibrant and cultural, and symbolizes his nation’s integration within the global society, whilst preserving a unique identity.

We look forward to celebrating all things quintessentially Mozambican, yet modern and contemporary with Taibo Bacar at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 taking place from the 23rd-25th March.

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