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Fashion designer uplifts emerging talent

BY KIMBERLY KARIATI

FASHION designer and visual arts director Rowan Tadiwa Sakarombe is living his dream of helping young artistes to showcase their talent through his Domane Design Agency and Corrōpt fashion brand.

Sakarombe, 22, said that he has improved his skills by being consistent and practicing a lot.

Sakarombe’s works have been recognised on local  and international markets. He has also worked with artists across genres, among them Suhn, Denimwoods, Probeatz, Obi Davids and Zoe Lerae.”

Inspiration

“Growing up, art made me feel alive. I was so interested in music. fashion.

“Seeing how people dressed, how they interacted with everything around them made me realise, from a young age, that this is something I wanted to pursue. The progression of modern culture from how the people around me look, speak and relate to surroundings is how I understood art and still do till this day.”

Visual art, fashion designing

“Visual art and fashionAs they tell a story, designing is an art form. To envision motion in videos, you need to paint the character’s look with fashion. For fashionYou need to film a story for clothes to have meaning.

“Video and film-making is easy to interpret because it is a story we can see as it happens. Fashion is different in the sense that it is easier to interpret, but it still tells an important story and can change the way you see yourself and your space.

“I dress the way I feel and when creating designs and clothing, I want someone to feel the same way I feel through the concept behind my ideas.”

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View on creative industry

“The local arts industry lacks support and structure. While there are many artists who can show their work on a global scale and have the support of their peers, the structure is lacking for those with the creative skills to make it their own and make it their livelihood.

“All stakeholders in the industry should come together and find ways in which they utilise the creative industry to better their businesses, communities and brands. Living in a developing country like, you have to make your own space.”

Dream

“I want to create a global community through my brand that betters the lives of creatives, making it easier for them to be heard and monetise on their skills.

“A lot of young people’s dreams die early, before they truly begin their journey. I intend to stop that.”

Determination

“I am different, creatively and mentally. Despite my failures, I am determined to achieve my ultimate goal. I know that everything will come together in due course.

“Being relentless and achieving everything I set out to pursue has brought me this far. I believe I can do better.

Successes

“From visual projects to digital art collections and a fashionbrand, I can honestly state that since the day I began to show my art publicly, there have been positive reactions.

“My first music video was called Home Alone for the artist Denimwoods, which was aired on several international channels. I did more music videos which led me to curate and script a dozen others for upcoming artistes.”

Projects

“My clothing brand, Corrōpt, has opened many doors for me. It provided me with an opportunity to work alongside the United Nations and Zimbabwean artists Gemma Griffiths, Winky D, on a campaign which promoted wearing masks in combating COVID-19.

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“Seeing prominent personalities wearing your brand is humbling. I also worked with Nigerian music producer London, who works with Nigerian artiste Wizkid. Being recognised internationally and collaborating with global acts, seeing my work on television, I could not fathom the experience.”

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