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On Saturday, immigrant designers in Metropolis Heights will take part in a fashion show and mask giveaway, meant to focus on how types are adapting to the pandemic.
A kind of designers is Could Hasan. She got here to the US from Iraq as a refugee seven years in the past. She had been employed there by the United Nations.
She now runs Zahra Design, named in honor of her late mom, Zahra.
“My mother put the seed in my coronary heart about loving designs. She all the time took care of how I look and what I ought to put on, and she or he all the time did my hair. She was hairstylist, make-up artist,” she stated. “Since then, I fell in love with learn how to match colours and learn how to put on garments.”
Hasan’s designs mirror the types of her native Iraq, with the Hamsa Hand and the evil eye. She makes all of them by hand.
“I believed, ‘How I could make folks see my cultural heritage?.’ That is how it began,” she stated. “A lot of my gadgets and designs have cultural contact and cultural tales.”
Hasan started making masks shortly after the start of the pandemic. She says they’ve been a best-seller in her on-line retailer. She matches the masks with the gathering of abayas that she additionally sells.
“They’re higher than the rest,” she stated. “I believed, how can we contribute so that folks can keep wholesome and nonetheless look modern?
Saturday’s style present will happen on the Honest@44 on El Cajon Boulevard. It’s being put collectively by the Worldwide Rescue Committee Small Enterprise Growth Heart and the El Cajon Boulevard Enterprise Enchancment Affiliation. Designers will even promote their masks, and there will likely be a masks giveaway for the neighborhood.
Hasan says it’s the primary time her designs will likely be a part of a style present.
“I can share my designs, folks will know me higher, but in addition I can contribute to the neighborhood, which sings properly to my coronary heart. It means lots,” she stated.
The occasion kicks off at 11a.m. and options designers from Somalia, Uganda, Togo, and elsewhere. It can even be livestreamed on Instagram.
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