By Elizabeth Morales
Special to the Logos
A local fashion designer is giving back to the community for the fifth consecutive year by showcasing her creations at an annual fashion show on Sunday, March 4.
San Antonio fashion designer Roshnic Latif, originally from Pakistan, is part of the Roshnic 2018 Fashion Show, a University of the Incarnate Word event honoring Women’s History Month.
Latif’s design process consisted of two trips to Pakistan and six to eight months of overall labor. She heads the whole process – hand painting, fabric stitching, product labeling – with assistance from a team to help bring her designs to life.
She is known for “Couture for a Cause” fashion shows, where her creations were showcased to benefit a nonprofit of her choice.
This year, she chose Women’s Global Connection of San Antonio as her charity partner.
She said WGC is the perfect partner for this year’s show because of its focus on cross-cultural learning and leadership.
“Women’s Global Connection is deserving, inspirational,” said Latif. “I’m honored to serve them and the hardworking women they serve.”
As a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, WGC collaborates with women and girls around the globe, empowering them to be dignified agents of their own destiny through access to economic and educational resources.
WGC’s programs are located in Tanzania, Kenya, Peru and San Antonio. They include female microloan enterprise, small-business creation and clean-water initiatives.
Its flagship local program promotes leadership for girls and culminates in the popular Girls Global Summit, an event at UIW that motivates middle and high school girls to think and act as global citizens with leadership, advocacy and empathy skills.
As is her tradition, Latif is dedicating her fashion show to the greatest source of her inspiration – her parents.
“As a child, I remember my mom did everything: cook, knit, embroider,” Latif said. “She was never trained — she just learned on her own. She made clothes for all five of us girls. She sat by the window in a room between our living room and her bedroom, sewing away.”
Latif grew up in a ranch-style house in a conservative city in Pakistan. She found joy in sketching and designing and went on to study textiles and arts in college. During her final year in college, her ill mother passed away. Less than two months later, she lost her father too.
Nineteen years later, Latif holds them close by honoring them through her creativity, work and charity for San Antonio nonprofits.
The fifth annual show will feature designs expressive of Latif, including three different types of lines: Western, hand-painted silks, and a combination of Eastern and Western. Many of the colors and designs will match this year’s nature theme, encompassing an array of colorful silks, beads, and tissues associated with sunsets and flowers. Tickets are available here. After purchasing tickets, you have the option to upgrade to priority, frontrow show seating by becoming a sponsor at this link.