Have you ever heard of a designer making 3 dresses in 11 minutes?!? Well it's hard to believe, but I saw it right before my very eyes! A few weeks ago I was at a Networking event in preparation for Seattle Fashion Week.
A the event, I saw Sir. Leaf Latif the Afro fashion designer performing a live clothing construction performance. This model is wearing one of the 3 designs made that night.
Latif is known as a fashion magician. He is able to measure, design, cut, and sew outfits so fast it makes your head spin! I was absolutely amazed by his talent, and asked if I could feature his story.
Latif is from the country of Uganda and has been featured all over the world, and has won many fashion awards and contests. After he finished high school, he attended the Tiner International School of Fashion Design. in Kampala. He received a diploma in fashion design, and was quickly retained as a teacher in 2003.
That same year he opened his own school Latif Academy Talent School of the Arts and Fashion Design. He now teaches and mentors others in fashion design. I wish his design school was here in Seattle, I'd be there!
He also did an artist residence internship in Paris France, at Xully Bett in 2008. In Congo Brazza he was selected to train upcoming designers and showcase his fashion skills. Most recently Latif was elected president of the Fashion Society of Uganda.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Designed stage costumes for Uganda award winning artists in dance and music
- Bronze thread award at FIMA African Fashion Competition in 2007
- Best Costume in Johannesburg Top Stars Competition 2012
- Set a fashion record in Norway, 2012: Made 10 dresses in 23 minutes
- Best male designer at African Fashion Walk Awards 2013
- Most inspiring Designer Award 2014
- Guinness World Book of Records: Fashion record for the most outfits in shortest time possible
To follow more of his amazing journey, visit Facebook, Instagram, or watch Ugandan 5 minute runway dresses on Latif's YouTube channel . He will be performing at Seattle Fashion Week October 13- 19th. It truly was an amazing experience to watch him perform in person.
Friday is here again, how did that happen so fast?! I hope your weekend is fantastic and filled with all the fun things of summer. Thanks for stopping here , I appreciate every visit and comment .
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