Digging into Originality
December 11, 2023

By Salma Magdi

  • GOZOOR is the Arabic word for ‘Roots’ that define who we are and where we belong. To move forward, one has to get in touch with their true identity. With Egypt, this matter cannot be questioned as civilization goes back thousands of years ago. The project of GOZOOR is devoted to cultural development besides being preoccupied with ethnic garments as a mirror image of authentic roots and is on its way to becoming a brand name making a whole new fashion. After all, clothes make the man. I talked with Mohamad Nassar. GOZOOR Cultural Development Founder and he told me all about it.
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Do you get inspiration from someone to take your project further? We do not have inspiration in Egypt in agreement with what was mentioned earlier. We want to be the inspiration and the idol in this area. When taking a look over the fashion schools and academies, it turns out that most of them take up European fashion, like Italian and French, or worldwide fashion in general. Gozoor is the first fashion school in Egypt and the Middle East; we are the only entity to work in this field. That is why as pioneers, we give a fine impression abroad as our work is appreciated.
What do your workshops and courses offer? Everything we offer has Egyptian roots. There are courses in Nuba, Siwa, Bedouin costumes, and jewelry. Other courses are related to branding and styling. Deals were made with factories to produce the Gozoor brand name. Those designs are made to attract people’s attention and become a trend. Promoting the Gozoor products is not just through the film but several small defiles are presenting the works by our school graduates and also there is a great event in and outside Egypt known as Gozoor fashion week. In addition to that, trainees are recruited to later on work in the fashion industry. Our styling courses are designated for the media, cinema, theater, advertisements, and TV. In photo styling, you are taught how to dress a model in cooperation with the photographer so that the concept of the photo is in agreement with the model’s facial features and outfit. Another course is film and TV styling, which provides costume design tutorials to meet the period dress may require; in this scope, a certain abidance by the codes of time and character is required so there is no room for innovation. Phase two is the professional diploma, which has a different system. Those courses are not just theoretical but they are practical as well. The strategy is to geographically point out what areas to extract roots from, on Egypt’s map, then stay at those places like Siwa and Sinai for a while to learn all about culture, fabric, and environment.
What was the response by people when they knew about the project and how did they react seeing you dressed in clothes made by Gozoor? We got a lot of feedback from people abroad than in Egypt. It was great. Egyp-tians were amazed by the idea too but somehow connected it with Galabiya. Once, I was going to the opera house and I intentionally came in casual attire, but they have a dress code to enter in jacket and tie, so at the end, I had to follow the policy of this place that is in my country. My technique is to find a way to speak a language that is easily understood. For example, one of our designers would make a simple plain shirt but would add Bedouin elements to its collars and sleeves.
Do you use certain materials, fabrics, and textures in your designs? That depends on the designer but there is no specification for the materials we use. Such a thing is not initially planned but it is left to the designer to decide. The designer would use the aforementioned culture palette and go from there with innovation.
I am Cairo. How can anyone get involved in your project? We have a volunteer program, which you can learn more about through our website. It starts with a simple contract with the volunteer who has to be committed and hand in work in due time. Anyone can choose one category or more and then apply through the Gozoor website.
What are the qualifications a fashion designer should have? Designing is a vast world. To become a fashion designer, you need to be aware of what you are after. Some are innately talented; others enhance their desire to become successful designers through learning. It all depends on which path you choose. A designer may excel in one criterion but lack skills in another. For example, you might be a good designer who cannot sew or make patterns, and that is ok; each one has a specialty. Do you see a lot of talent and potential out there among fashion design career seekers? Of course, I do. People who come to us are of different types: those who want to adopt fashion design but are unable to decide where to start and others who have prior knowledge and are deeply interested in what we do regarding Egyptian fashion. So this is where our great team of professionals offers a menu to help and guide you, and eventually, you get to choose where to go from there.
Which era would you like to go back to, clothing-wise? Each period in history has cons and pros, even during the Middle Ages and wars, poets and artists would rise. I cannot say that there is an era that I prefer but maybe I am a bit leaning towards the Pharaonic period, the 20s in particular, and the 30s. I would not wish to go back there though, because we lacked costume identity. The Pharaonic period is special due to its peace, civilization, and being the pioneers and inventors of makeup lines and clothes.
What is next? We are willing to collaborate with those working on the same page. It is also planned to start with a couple of events in Egypt because of its essence as a genetic map of the world throughout history and when well-established, we will deal with different cultures abroad. There are also international workshops and by that, I mean having designers coming from a different background and cultures who can pitch in with experience like the Chinese whose civilization is as great as the pharos, or the Japanese who still preserve their ethnic costume em-bodied in the utterly distinctive Kimono.

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