The Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase (ZFS) debut show has come and gone. Nine talented designers showcased their creations at the show. Among them was Filabusi-born Miss Loppy Khambule Ncube (no relation to the presenter Kelvin Ncube).
Miss Loppy was born in 1975, began her educational journey at Dekezi Primary School in 1982 before moving to Luveve Primary School in Bulawayo, the famed City of Kings for the rest of her primary school education. Loppy later went to Matopo High School before attaining a certificate in Cutting and Designing at the Njube Lutheran Centre. She also got a diploma from the Bulayawo Speciss College. Miss Loppy also has a BSc (Hon) degree in Fashion Product Development and is a Post- Graduate student in Education.
How did her romance with Fashion Designing start?
Says Miss Loppy with some nostalgia, “It all started at the age of 7-10, when I started making my own outfits by copying my late Queen (mother). I used to sit next to her when she was making our Christmas outfits and school uniforms.
“At the age of 14, when I was in High School some teachers would ask me to make them skirts. It became my passion and my mother inspired me more as she continued making clothes for our community. As soon as I completed my GCSEs, I took over from my mother and began to make outfits for our community. Eventually I broke the ceiling and became the sole owner of a small dress-making business.”
Miss Loppy moved to the UK in January 2002. She is currently employed as a Trainer and Assessor for a skills company delivering short courses.
In October last year, she organised a successful fashion show, ‘The Le-Style Fashion Show’ where she worked with upcoming fellow Zimbabwean fashion designers who included Miss Marty’s, Charity Cherish, Hel’savador from Angola and Hamida from Tanzania. “I am currently working on my second show to be held in Manchester in September, with the aim to give young designers a platform to reach their goal. At the same time, I am also working on an outfit for the Miss Zimbabwe UK pageant. I am also looking forward to working with ZIMMPA (Zimbabwe Music Promoters Association) this year.”
Miss Loppy’s ZFS collection is what she describes as, “simple modern and contemporary art”. She used plain fabric with a bit of African print. The Birmingham event might have been the first of its kind, but definitely not the last as Miss Loppy says she is already looking forward to next year’s edition.
“It was a great event, well organised and all credit to Chiedza Dawn. I am grateful to have been part of the show as it has given me the opportunity to showcase my designs. I am already looking forward to participating next year.”
What does the future hold for the gifted designer? “My dream is to grow big in the fashion industry, produce my designs in large numbers and to continue working with young designers.”
Miss Loppy’s advice to upcoming fashion designers is, “Focus on what God has given you; if fashion designing is your talent, pursue it. It’s never too late. I am a living example of this.
Models photos taken by Brian Lunga