Designers in 1st Soweto Fashion Week inspired by South African township's creativity, history

The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - Struggling designers will get a chance to show work inspired by the creativity and history of South Africa's most famous township in Soweto's first fashion week opening Thursday.

The 23-year-old organizer, Stephen Manzini, didn't ask designers to show extensive collections or charge them take part.

Fashion blogger Mahlatse James says the show gives unknown designers a chance to show their work to boutique owners and potential investors.

Soweto has long been known for its quirky sense of style.