Share about the journey that led you to fashion design.
I studied IT but in my country job seeking is hard so as I while I was looking for IT jobs, I accidentally joined fashion. I grew up knowing how to sew though I didn't know fashion was a big business. I just used to get second hand clothes and recycle them for my wearing. I didn't know that I was good but through friends who encouraged me, I managed to leave all other dreams behind and focused on fashion.
Since I had no guidance, quality and finishing were so hard to acquire, I had no one to advise me about quality control, I had to find out through experience that my designs had poor finishing. I started learning from already made imported garments. Looking at them I learnt the two basic things which are steaming and stitch lines.
I am so thrilled to have you a part of the EFWA Up cycling Challenge by Marilyn R Wilson. Have you ever up cycled used garments before? If so, how?
My lack of financial capital forced me to gain extensive experience in recycling, I have made so many recycled pieces, I can’t remember how many. I have made clothes out of newspapers, second hand clothes, fishnets and polythene bags, but the heels I made from airtime vouchers spoke to me the most.
In my showcase I was inspired by tourism's attraction in my country of Uganda. Every day a group of people enter the country as tourists. This makes me feel Uganda is a centre of of interest to the world, so in my showcase the audience should expect to see the beauty of Uganda.
My focus now is on international collaborations. This year I need to work with other designers from around the world for both international exposure and to increase my creativity. As a self taught designer, I always strive to learn from others.
I am living in a country where fashion doesn’t have an identity. I and my fellow designers in the SEED Uganda Association are working towards identifying Uganda’s fashion. Our goal is in five years to be in a position where the world will be able to identify fashion from Uganda for both economic increase and Uganda’s embracement.
- Website – www.kaswear.com/
- Instagram – kaswear_official
- Facebook – www.facebook.com/kaswearfashion/
- Twitter – @KASWEAR
- Linked In – www.linkedin.com/in/ras-kasozi-34286b99/