Pan African Designer Mustafa Hassanali, a celebrated name in Tanzania pursues fashion as a religion.
His personable and affable demeanor in parallel with his bohemian work of art has made him amidst the premier and popular designers in Tanzania and beyond.
No wonder then he sports an A-list clientele including the crème de la crème of the society. Considered a fashion guru, his designs reflect the deeply embedded cultural heritage of Tanzanian society along with the avant-garde, Couture and contemporary styles
A medical Doctor by Profession, Fashion designing began as A Hobby in 1999, whereby one of his first creation was worn by Hoyce Temu who was crowned Miss Tanzania 1999 wearing his signature evening Gown Thus Begun the Roller coaster ride that eventually led to the growth and creation of Tanzania Fashion Industry which can be duly accredited to the zeal and zest of Mustafa Hassanali.
Hassanali’s zest for fashion is not only limited at fostering his own creations and offering something new to his target audience, but he also believed in the enhancement of the Tanzanian Fashion Industry on the whole. As late American President John F Kennedy stated ““ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”;&rdquo
Mustafa has showcased in 31 cities across 21 Countries globally representing as Tanzania Fashion and Cultural ambassador. Apart from designing for corporate and television based shows and events amongst others, Mustafa’s work has been highly appreciated at the International level. He has worked alongside Naomi Campbell’s who has modelled for him to various celebrities and high-profile leaders who have adorned his couture.
Mustafa Hassanali was also appointed by the Minister for information, youth, Culture and sports to be part of the steering committee to search for Tanzania National Attire. He also has been the only designer to have been invited by Tanzania Embassy in Sweden and Russia to celebrate Tanzania Mainland and The union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar 50th anniversary in 2011 and 2014 respectively
What adds a unique dimension to Hassanali’s persona is his constant initiative in going out of the way, in supporting various charities such “Breast Cancer Awareness” & “Violence against Women”. In Zanzibar he has supported the Zanzibar Mental Hospital. No wonder his medical background has resulted in the establishment of brand “Fashion 4 Health”.
Since the commencement of this fashionable sojourn, whereby various women have made Hassanali part of their life whilst choosing him to design their wedding and statement evening gowns, He truly has been touched and mentored by many of such women over the past years, thus the adage, “behind every successful man there is a woman” has been made a reality.
Mustafa was named as one of Africa Top Ten Male designer by UK’s NEW AFRICAN WOMEN and Kenya Airways MSAFIRI magazine named him COUNT OF COUTURE. He is the only designer from East Africa to be featured on Forbes Africa.
He launched Swahili Fashion Week in 2008, which has created a promising platform not only for established designers and models but for aspiring entrants of this avenue and has now become the LARGEST FASHION EVENT IN EAST & CENTRAL AFRICA.