Designer Spotlight: The Divinely Inspiring Collections Of Taibo Bacar

Taibo Bacar
The fashion designer Taibo Bacar
The fashion designer Taibo Bacar (Photo credit: Bantu Magazine)

The famous American designer Vera Wang once said, โ€œI want people to see the dress, but focus on the womanโ€. Our designer spotlight is on the Mozambican designer Taibo Bacar. He owes his success to his gift for accentuating a womanโ€™s natural attributes. That is to say, he designs outfits that show them off to the best advantage.

Taibo Bacar has established a high fashion brand that is classic and unique. It celebrates the beauty and essence of the African woman. Here is why his creations are divinely inspiring, and how Taibo Bacar rose to become one of the leading brands in Africa.

The Taibo Bacar โ€Divine Feminineโ€ Campaign

Early in 2020, Taibo Bacar launched a campaign entitled โ€˜The Divine Feminineโ€. The brand based their mantra on a quote from the Tantra teacher Michaela Boehm that partly says,

โ€˜โ€™If you have a feminine essence, you love the chaotic swirl of life, nature, bliss, color, texture, flavor, and communion. You love to relate, exchange, dance, celebrate, adorn and deepen into the fullness of existence.โ€ย 

Boehm is a firm believer in the need to bring divine feminine energy to life. Moreover, this is achieved through, amongst other things, self-care, new experiences, and the effort to live your best life.

Celebration of the Femininity in Every Woman

After the launch of the campaign, Taibo Bacar invited celebrities from South Africa, Angola, and Mozambique to act as brand ambassadors. Their mission was to showcase the designs at different events. When the designer put together the collection, his vision was to recreate the glamorous looks of the โ€™50s. Hence, it consists of a mesmerizing array of gowns made from lush fabrics like lace, chiffon, and silk. In addition, the accessories consist of elaborate beaded headpieces that were common in that era, accompanied by delicate lace.

Taibo Bacar's Divine Feminine Creation
Taibo Bacarโ€™s Divine Feminine Creation. (Photo credit: Celso Zaqueu Source: the

First African Brand to showcase at the Milan Fashion Week

Twice annually, fashion lovers converge in Milan for the fashion week. The Milan Fashion Week is one of four such leading events globally. The other three take place in London, Paris, and New York. Subsequently, during each season, leading fashion houses showcase their creations in over 40 shows. In 2011, Taibo Bacar was the first African brand to participate in the show. He presented a colorful, carefree collection that portrayed the vivid hues of his homeland.

The Struggle Continues

In 2014, Taibo Bacar presented another memorable collection at the Mercedes Benz fashion week that was held at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. The name of the collection was โ€˜A Luta Continuaโ€™ Portuguese for โ€œthe struggle continuesโ€. This was the rallying call of the FRELIMO movement when the fight for independence was in progress.

The collection has a 60โ€™s vibe, and it symbolized new beginnings. The onset of independence brought about both opportunities as well as challenges. The collection presented had an interesting blend of textures ranging from smooth organza to rough tweeds. The gowns carried beading and embroidery embellishments.

How it all started

Born in Mozambique in 1985, Taibo Bacarโ€™s mother was a seamstress. This explains his early foray into fashion. From a young age, Bacar assisted his mother to design outfits for her clients. When he was a teenager, he moved to Spain to study the elements for design.

In 2008 together with the former model and fashion model Tatiana Ismael, Bacar founded the fashion label. It has since acquired a reputation for elegance and style and attained international acclaim. Here are samples of some of their unique designs.

Traditional Vibes

Taibo Bacar Tribal accents
Taibo Bacar Tribal accents (Photo credit:

The Taibo Bacar Fall/Winter 2013 collection celebrates the traditional โ€˜capulanaโ€™ fabric. The above creation is a blend of two different prints merged together with white lace accents. It is not only a blend of fabrics but also a blend of traditional and contemporary cultures.

 Bacar cultural look
Bacar cultural look (Photo credit

Capulana is a traditional cloth worn in Mozambique and is similar to other popular โ€˜Africanโ€™ fabrics worn across the continent such as wax cloth and kitenge. This elegant off-the-shoulder creation has a sweetheart neckline and embroidered bodice. The only accessory is a matching clutch in an identical print.

Earthy Tones

Taibo presents earthy tones
Taibo presents earthy tones (Photo credit: African fashion International)

This rich textured gown in earthy tones has shoulder pads reminiscent of a bygone era. It has a flowing easy silhouette and a cinched-in waistline. The wide cuffs on the sleeve give it a unique, edgy look.

Taibo's shades of brown
Taiboโ€™s shades of brown (Photo credit: African fashion International)

A sleek silhouette that is the essence of feminity, the above creation has a flawless cut. The sleeves have a whimsical look about them, and the mermaid paneled skirt displays timeless elegance.

Edgy Contemporary Looks from Taibo Bacarโ€™s 2020 Collection

 Edgy contemporary looks
Edgy contemporary looks (Photo credit: Taibo

The above ensembles are from the Taibo Bacar 2020 collection. The stunning wrap dresses are made out of silk sateen. The prints are tantalizing, and the gowns have feminine flounces along the skirt edges.

Taibo Bacar's contemporary looks
Bacarโ€™s contemporary looks (Photo credit

This slim-fitting outfit in fern green is a delightful example of Bacarโ€™s celebration of the female form. It has tiny cap sleeves that are pleated and a beautiful cream embellishment that runs across the neckline and down one side of the bodice. This is understated elegance at its best.

Taibo Bacar contemporary looks
Taibo Bacar contemporary looks (Photo credit Taibo

The Taibo Bacar ready-to-wear line is versatile as is evident from the about samples from the 2020 collection. It is young and fresh and appeals to the trendy, modern woman.

A Celebrity Rockingย  One of Taibo Bacarโ€™s Creations

Sarah Langa rocking a Taibo Bacar creation
Sarah Langa rocking a Taibo Bacar creation (Photo credit: GlamCityz)

Sarah Langa of South Africa was one of the celebrities invited to support the โ€Divine Feminineโ€ campaign. Above, she rocks the feminine look in extravagant organza embellished with delicate beadwork.

Taibo Bacarโ€™s Celestial Headbands

 Glamorous celestial headbands
Celestial headbands (Photo credit:

In line with the Taibo Bacar mantra of divine feminity, the brand showcases glamorous beaded headbands that will transform any woman into a queen.

Taibo Bacar celestial headdresses
Taibo Bacar celestial headdresses (Photo credit: Kadealo Africa)

Yet another of the design houseโ€™s ornate headdresses. This one features a ring of oversized pearls lining another comprising of silver-grey beads. The beadwork is echoed on the neckline of the dress as well as the sleeve. Black leather gloves stylishly finish off this iconic look.


A successful designer is one who makes a woman feel good about herself. The Taibo Bacar brand upholds the essence of a woman with class and elegance. A woman who dons their creations is a strong woman who confidently holds her head high. In an interview with Aphiwe Fredericksย of IOL Bacar was asked whether he had any advice for young people seeking to break into the industry. His words of wisdom were brief and to the point.

โ€˜โ€™Be true to yourselves and work very hard for your goals.โ€™โ€™

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