The display and sale of Complex Sadiya products will be "right there for the people in Senegal," Ms. Gueye said proudly during a visit by GlobalAtlanta in Dakar.
GlobalAtlanta attended in May the first tourism exhibition held in Dakar where Ms. Gueye had a booth among the tourism offices, travel agencies, hotels and craftsmen from 22 countries attending the event at the International Business and Trade Center. It then was invited to visit the complex, which is located nearby.
Students at the complex are fully involved in the process of developing specialized pieces ranging from a runway dress to a lion-shaped, gold-gilded purse.
Ms. Gueye said that all components of a final item are grown, processed, and meticulously designed from start to finish in West Africa.
Her priority is to focus on African economic and social development by providing this high-level of instruction for young people interested in design and fashion. “This gives the youth a chance to have a real career for life,” she said.
Students learn about the world’s upper echelon of labels and how African art, patterns, and scenery have inspired the fashion industry over the years.
She showed GlobalAtlanta her modeling portfolio with photos from European runway shows through the 1980s and 90s, which reveal how African patterns were introduced into Western dress. As a model, her attire was a chic fusion of exotic African prints with contemporary Western styles.
When also asked about possible student exchanges with American art institutes, Ms. Gueye expressed interest. She clarified that she wants to “keep the talent in Africa and focus efforts here mainly,” but that she was open to trying to facilitate student exchanges.
Additionally, Mr. Gueye supports the Kinkeliba Association with her role as a leader and donor for this charitable organization. This foundation funds health initiatives mainly for women and children in the impoverished areas of Tambaconda, a region in southern Senegal.
The recent auction of two faience life-size white models of greyhounds formerly owned by the deceased film star Audrey Hepburn were auctioned off at the Christie’s auction house in New York, and the $18,750 in proceeds was given to the association by the current owner French designer Hubert de Givenchy.
“I hope to create a good image of Africa to the world, it is my obligation to show that health, talent, and entrepreneurship exist here,” Ms. Gueye said.
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