Fashion graduate Zoliswa Mbadu talks new Bauhaus-inspired range ‘Evolving Revolver’ and more

Meet the Creatives is 10and5’s new summer series, which features interviews with some of Joburg’s hottest creatives working across industries such as fashion, media and music.

Self-proclaimed “evolving revolver” Zoliswa Mbadu is a fashion design graduate and content creator born in Durban and currently based in Joburg. Having recently completed here studies at University of Johannesburg, this influential model and designer says she takes strength from the women in her life and a few of her faves. She chats to us about her new range and what’s next for the creative.

What is your career and where are you based?
I’m a Joburg-based fashion design graduate, I completed my course this year. I am also a content creator on Instagram.

What’s the latest project that you’re working on?
I recently finished working on my range titled Evolving Revolver, which as a whole is inspired by Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun album. The collection is also inspired by the Cubist and Bauhaus movements. I focused on the geometry and asymmetrical elements of both of these art expressions.

How would you describe your work in a song?
I think it would have to be Rihanna’s Work because I realised that I’m a workaholic and I enjoy having something to do all the time, not having anything to do makes me panic. Being busy makes me happy.

What are you working on next and what can we look out to from you?
At this point, I’m still trying to figure out what steps to take next in my career. I can’t really say exactly what I’ll be working on next but I can promise that it’ll be nothing short of great.

Who’s in your Top five Faves list at the moment?
My top five faves are definitely Rihanna, Jarae Holieway — who is a stylist based in the US — Adwoah Aboah is probably my favourite model and locally Lootlove is one of my faves, and last but not least Erykah Badu.

Photographer: Zuzi Seoka
Make-up artist: Orli Oh Meiri
Stylist: Kwena Baloyi
Producer: Tiger Maremela
Creative Director: Lee-Ann Orton

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