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Fashion: InstaarM Designs

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Zimbabwean born designer Intisaar Mukadam obtained her BA (honors’) Fashion Design degree in the UK, in 2010. She has become an International name after launching her label, IntisaarM, in Harare, in December 2010.  Intisaar’s first collection, “Tribal” was selected- by a judging panel including the renowned British designer, Karen Millen- as one of sixteen degree collections to showcase at Graduate Fashion Week 2010, which was held in London, UK, This collection was entered in the BHM Knitwear Visionary Award competition 2010.

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Intisaar spent 2011 working closely with Judith Clare Williams from Model Management and Michele Fortmann, one of Zimbabwe’s top photographers, dressing models for the ‘Ford Supermodel of the World Search- Zimbabwe 2011’, ‘Sun is Up’ summer fashion show, Passport Boutique launch show and Africa Fashion Week Johannesburg. She has dressed models Samantha Tshuma (Miss Tourism Zimbabwe2010), Miss Zimbabwe 2011: Malaika Mushandu and Thandi Muringa, Zimbabwe representative at the Miss Earth 2011 Pageant in the Philippines. Intisaar has worked on a range of photo shoots, for magazines such as Double Magazine (UK), Skyhost Magazine (Zimbabwe), and a spread in Zimbabwe’s Daily News, where she dressed Vimbai Mutinhiri as well as featuring in the October issue of Baobabwe.

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African Kaleidoscope Intisaar’s Spring/ Summer 2012 collection was debuted at Africa Fashion Week Johannesburg 2011 held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Showcasing at an International event like Africa Fashion Week has opened the doors for Intisaar; her designs were welcomed by everyone with an eye for fashion. She has been featured in many online reviews, such as coastweek.com and examiner.com, to name a few. The examiner.com refers to Intisaar’s collection as “A fun and playful extension of the luxe visual collage at Africa Fashion week 2011.” Shortly after showcasing in Johannesburg, Intisaar received an invitation to participate in Africa Fashion Week New York 2012.

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2012 saw IntisaarM Designs feature in Jewel Magazine Zimbabwe and Out of Africa- Lifestyle and Entertainment Magazine Zimbabwe. Catherine Ruze Modeling agency launched their Zimbabwean branch in June 2012 where Intisaar was one of three designers to showcase.

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Showcasing her collection ‘Power Play’ at Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2012, Intisaar was one of the four designer nominees to be given the chance to showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Johannesburg (Africa Fashion International) 2012- for the second year running. Her collection opened the Zimbabwe show with a beat that was unforgettable and select pieces were used at the main Mercedes Benz stand for the rest of the week.

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Fresh into 2013, we saw IntisaarM Designs feature not only on the cover of Jewel Magazine, but in a full two page spread inside. On February 5th, a South African online store- Style 36 launched a selection ‘boutique’ of IntisaarM Designs.

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This year, Intisaar showcased her latest collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa, 2014, in Johannesburg. Her collection was accessorised by The Ndau Collection, from Victoria Falls. This years collection went down a new root, with Intisaar’s knitwear as the main focus.

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