All Shades of Beautiful Fashion show driven by House of Xandria lived up to its billing on Saturday night at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre when it brought the best of talents from persons with disabilities.
It is rare to see event organisers giving a platform to persons with disabilities but House of Xandria made it possible when the audience saw talents from different disciplines showing that disability is not inability.
Persons with disabilities showed the best in modelling, music, dance and visual arts which impressed the audience as well as Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati.
Kaliati showed her excitement when, at one point, she took to the dance floor to dance with musician Faith Mussa in the track ‘Desperate’.
The minister also showed her appreciation for the talent of persons with disabilities when she bought paintings—her portrait and the other of President Lazarus Chakwera made by a deaf visual artist.
She also bought mats.
As if this was not enough, she also took time out to fundraise on the night calling upon people to make contributions.
“I am impressed with what I have seen tonight. I would like to comment Xandria for this and I am even happy that she is a young person but has organised this to give a platform to persons with disabilities who are sidelined in most cases,” Kaliati said.
Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama was also present during the event and made a contribution.
Xandria, owner of House of Xandria, hailed people including Kaliati for patronising the event.
“All Shades of Beautiful is a fashion initiative started by House of Xandria to bring social change using fashion,” she said.
Xandria said her inspiration to host the fashion show was drawn from the current representation of persons with disabilities in the fashion and arts industry.
“Apart from stigma, I discovered that the talent exists in them and what lacks is someone to motivate and give them a platform to showcase their ideas and talent hence coming up with this idea,” the fashion designer said.