I sat down Ms. Mwalenga Ngipumbwa, who recently just graduated from UNAM, Honours degree in Fashion studies and sociology. Also an aspiring fashion desginer.
I wanted to get the Namibian perspective on fashion here and in the diaspora
So, over coffee and waffles we spoke and I asked her the follwing questions:
industry now, and how would you compare the industries growth with the
couple of years as we see more and more local fashion designers hitting
international runways and showing of their Namibian inspired collections. With
a lot of them placing emphasis on the Namibian culture and all things Namibian
in their designs. Which add a little different favour to runways…. however we
still need more qualified individuals that
can go out and spread this heritage and expand Namibian designers to the
rest of the fashion world.
believe they can stitch together a garment call themselves a designer besides
no formal design background. Which is a shame to qualified designers who went
through years of technical training. And even through years of experience still
refer to themselves as upcoming young designers, as they know the true value of
the term “fashion designer” which comes with a lot more experience, expertise
and mastered technicalities.
lot of expertise is required in order to be a designer. Its more then fabric
meets the sewing needle. One needs to have the the technical background that is
not as glamorous as the completed garments. Some of the necessary traits
ideas on paper,
importance as the basics of a complete garment comes from a well
combination can lead to a poor fit of a garment,
end of it all and good sewing capabilities can get a garment on a scaling of
poor construction to showing professionalism.
Be daring and different, also seek the necessary expertise required to be a
designer do not be afraid to learn new traits that the industry has to offer.
Stay true to your dreams as nothing is built over night.
follow a more commercial route. However individuals need to develop their own
unique sense of style, without totally taking away from the commercial end. By
adding a little spruce of self identity to an outfit can create a different
look. Namibians sense of style is till very mainstream in some cases, however
more and more individuals are blooming with their own fashion style trends that
Here is some of her own work: