Tiny in size but extraordinarily creative, I met KAYA on a photo shoot for Imprint_ZA in Cape Town. Initially not one to speak much but once it’s time to engage in a creative space, she takes the lead.
Born in 1995, KAYA grew up in the the township of Khayelitsha. Her fascination with fashion and clothing began with spending time with an aunt who ran her own sewing business who also was an advid collector of fashion magazines.
The creative environment she spent around her aunt fostered and helped develop her love for fashion. KAYA says she’s always been captivated by how models were dressed. Subsequently in 8th grade she started to explore her personal style this taught her that style is essentially an extension of who one is.
Her journey as a stylist took off 3 years ago when she attended a design event where an old lady randomly walked up to her and opened up about her life. The story basically involved how she had lost herself as she was growing up and how she could no longer identify with her image. She assumed KAYA was a image consultant and in that moment where she discovered that she wasn’t, she asked KAYA to help her work on her image. From then onward KAYA started styling for Masa Mara Africa and photo shoots for various designers.
Never having been formally educated in the field of fashion, she dreams to enroll at the Design Academy of Fashion for the styling course offered.
On the journey that began 3 years ago, KAYA has had various highlights in her career; the opportunity to assist the designer of Imprint_ZA at Lexus Menswear Week at the Mercedes Benz Cape Town Fashion Week. In 2015 she was an intern at the Design Indaba this allowed her to meet a lot of people who are pioneering the creative industry of South Africa.
KAYA is a huge supporter of local designers. She unashamedly looks up to; Marianne Fassler, Mzukisi Mbane and Laduma Ngxokolo all designers who have found their very own aesthetic in such a way that they still capture and incorporate African elegance with a 21st century twist.
KAYA dedicates some of her life to community work. She is a project manager for Sesona Sibane NPO therefore her future in the fashion industry lies with the community. With the NPO she works with, she has played a huge part in opening up a sewing facility where young girls and boys are taught sewing as well as beading skills. Some of these youngsters include school drop outs. The ultimate objective is to open a CMT where youngsters are employed and given the opportunity to explore their creative skills.
KAYA uses her creative to energy not only for herself but also to pay it forward and help people from different backgrounds. She is bound to make a difference in South Africas fashion industry.