“I am inspired by anything that steals my attention in the moment.”
Raised in Johannesburg, Vimbai Chingosho is a 27-year-old fashion and costume design graduate, currently completing her masters at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Her ‘decay’ inspired collection mixing layers of heavy fabrics with varied textures, explores through the medium of costume, the emotional effects of apartheid. You can contact Vimbai Chingosho at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter at @vnn_vee. Alternatively, visit Vimbai Chingosho’s website
Vimbai, can you tell us about the background of your submitted work?
I have submitted images from my master’s collection entitled “Decay”. I finished the collection last year for the practical part of my research project. The title of my research is “The use of conceptual costume design to symbolically express the emotional trajectory of the play, ‘Sounds of South End’”. The play, performed in Port Elizabeth in 2013, is a re-telling of the forced removals of coloured ethnic groups during the apartheid in South Africa in the 50s and 60s. This large forced removal of 3.5 million people was ordered to implement the Group Areas Act and residential segregation. My collection consists of eight outfits based on the narrative of the play. I designed the garments conceptually, using colour, texture and weight to symbolise the emotional trajectory of the play.
Who is your creative inspiration?
The mention of Alexander McQueen gives me goose bumps. The way he interprets the mind and core through fashion is incredible. Inspiration is not something one can consciously manage. It can be triggered by anything that leads to awareness. In that moment I can be inspired by anything that steals my attention.
What is your favourite film of all time?
One of my favourite films would have to be ‘The Wedding Singer’. It has the best 80s soundtrack!
What is your favourite album at present?
My favourite album at the moment is, ‘The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do’ by Fiona Apple. There is vulnerability in the lyrics that expose her thoughts and feelings. This combined with original musicality is a true sign of artistry.
What is your favourite on-line Video?
I absolutely love Burberry’s fashion film, ‘From London with Love’ for its depiction of fashion, class and luxury in a soft and playful way.
Which blog or website inspires you the most?
For me, the ideal website for an art lover is Trendland. It has great sources of visual beauty which can be found all over the world.
What is hot or new where you live?
Where I live, music videos have become the hottest thing. We would rather watch music videos all day than watch movies.
What does Fashion mean to you?
To me, fashion is an art in itself. It can visually affect an audience and transform peoples’ perceptions. For me, fashion only makes sense when boundaries are pushed and when creativity is the sole purpose.
What would be your ideal Fashion Project?
I would love to work on a project that creates fashion as art to be exhibited in a museum. In a collaborative space, not everyone needs the same skills; the aim is for each person to bring something fresh to the table.
How do you imagine your future?
When I imagine my future I see myself owning a fashion brand that can create beauty out of anything.
What would be your ideal job?
My ideal job would be working on the set of Game of Thrones as one of the costume designers.
I wonder if fashion education is an honest reflection of what the industry really entails. The aspect of hard work is definitely covered, but ethics in the work environment are not addressed. The real question I want to ask is: Is fashion all about who you bow down to in order to gain recognition, or is it about creating beautiful art?
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Vimbai Chingosho is a finalist for Modeconnect’s #YourView15 fashion competition sponsored by Bloomsbury Publishing. The support of our sponsor extends to all our readers: until the end of July 2015 they can benefit from 20% off ALL Bloomsbury’s fashion and design books! Just use the code YOURVIEW2015 at the checkout on www.bloomsbury.com.
Voting open 11th – 19th July 2015.