Ugandan Fashion Designers to Watch Out For (PART 1)

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Meet Uganda’s Fashion designers to watch out for now and beyond. They’re dressing everyone from Canary Mugume to Marish Band, they have raised and inspired other young designers in the country. Read through to find out which designers we think have the potential to be the next Arapapa, Sylvia Owori, Stella Atal, or Gloria Wavamuno!

From Yumbe to Kisoro and all that’s in-between, these are some of the fashion designers to keep an eye on.

Vanessa Ikwang (iKWANG)

Ikwang is of one of the new breed fashion designers in Uganda and the creative director of the rising brand iKWANG. iKWANG is a clothing line inspired by African prints and art but also expands into other numerous fabrics for all ages and sexes. The designs under iKWANG are simply different and are defined by understated elegance.

Her designs are already turning heads and making the veteran fashion designs take notice. Vanessa loved art that she used to do sketches and even carry material at work. She was later suspended from her job and that’s when she decided to concentrate on fashion.

She began her career studying fashion design after being inspired by an old Congolese friend to use Kitenge, since then she started making her own designs. Her designs are simple, sophisticated and chic. Her personality is down to earth, outgoing and really friendly but most of all, am glad to call her my friend plus she  gave me my first photo shoot model op’ This is none other than Vanessa whose fashion line is called iKWANG that ranges from dresses, skirts to head pieces. Her use of the Kitenge material brings an outfit from boring to red carpet ready.

Marish Designs (Shifah Musisi).

27 year old Shifah Musisi real names Shifah Nalubega. She doubles as a musician and CEO Marish Designs – a fashion and design house whose name she coined from her mother’s and her names.

Beginning her formal training at Record Fashion School, she entered the exciting world of fashion by establishing the Marish Brand. She tidied up the small room that acted as an old shoes storeroom which her late dad had allocated her before his death. This became her first design workshop. She placed in it a sewing machine, some jewelry and clothes she had made at school. Her first clients were her sisters’ and dad’s friends.

Marish Designs produces unique authentic African style clothing for all age groups which saw her featuring in one of the issues of Flair Magazine.

Akello sarah (Kellsrahfashionhouse256)

Sarah is the creative director and founder of Kellsrahfashionhouse256. She graduated from Uganda Christian University with a degree in Procurement and Logistics and later on went to pursue a course in fashion and design at Tiner International School. Sarah has made something for her self by designing and trading in a variety of clothes and other accessories she believes are trending today.

Her brand is an effortless, timeless and wearable line that reflects the kind of woman she is herself, which is strong, bold, fun, unique and fearless.  Kellsrahfashionhouse256 deals in both ladies and Men’s wear in all types of prints.

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