Meet the Designer
Q & A
When did you fall in love with fashion?
Growing up, I always knew I was a creative. I wanted to study performing arts and drama, so I enrolled for a BA in drama, but ended up dropping it in my second year. In the last six months of 2010, I had time to regroup and wanted to go back to school and study law. My mother firmly disagreed and thought I needed to continue in the creative field. I remember going through fashion magazines with my grandmother, cutting out outfits and mix and matching them in my fashion handbook. When I went back to my mother to tell her what I’d decided to study, she bought me my first sewing machine the next day.
Which celebrities do you dream of dressing?
My list changes all the time. Right now, Trevor Noah, Victoria Beckham and Nomzamo Mbatha.
Which designer’s work resonates the most with you right now?
I die for Dolce & Gabbana. Their design aesthetic is mind-blowing. They get the proportions and silhouettes right for menswear and womenswear.
Who has encouraged and supported your design journey?
My mother. She’s always believed in my creativity from childhood. She never failed to remind me that there is a tangible career in the creative industry. I love her support. She’s one person I know has my back.
What excites you the most about the African fashion scene at the moment?
It’s a spectacle. We are at a point where the universe wants to hear our stories. It’s as though we’ve been dress rehearsing for this moment for years and are now performing to a hungry audience waiting to be fed. It’s our time to own and celebrate our diversity and place in the global fashion industry.
Catch Miahs Moloto in action when Project Runway South Africa airs in July 2018 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.