Promoting Sustainability in the Local Apparel and Fashion Industry

Africa

Namibia

LA Originals
Fashion Designer
Windhoek, Namibia

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LA Originals
Fashion Designer
Windhoek, Namibia

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Landuleni Ndeutapo
 Fashion Designer
Windhoek, Namibia

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Landuleni Ndeutapo
 Fashion Designer
Windhoek, Namibia

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elizabeth Mbumba
Fashion Designer
Swakopmund, Namibia

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Swakopmund
Namibia

(#2636)  
Member since: 04/28/2009

Upon reflection, my journey to become a fashion designer and artist began at the age of eight, when i moved to Namibia. Although my parents were from the territory now called Namibia, I was born in Angola and grew up in a very confined refugee camp during a period of political unrest. When my family was finally able to move back to a newly–independent Namibia in 1990, I was exposed to a new and wondrous world. My fondest memory was meeting my grandmother for the first time. Despite having never seen her before, I instantly recognized her standing in a field without anyone pointing her out to me. There was an immediate connection between us. She was the oldest woman I'd ever seen and i remember being fascinated with her worn and wrinkly hands and wondering about all the beautiful things she had made with those hands over her lifetime. I was captivated by my desire to explore and express the new sights and emotions i was experiencing in this new and ''foreign'' environment. I was too young an inexperienced to actually create anything wearable or to even draw at the time, however I was always looking forward to my next craft class at primary school. These experiences sparked in me a passionate desire to create and motivated me down the path of art and design.

Unfortunately, the path has not been an easy one. During the time i was in junior secondary school and throughout my high school years, there was neither nourishment
nor encouragement proffered to students, such as myself, who were born with proclivity
for art and design. As students at school we were conditioned to believe that art was a waste of resources, materials, equipments, finances and time. When i was in high school, I would make use of the few fashion design and art books we had in the library. By means of my own drive and initiative, I was able to teach myself how to sketch and sew. In fact, everything i know about sewing and design I have taught myself, and i view myself as a raw talent waiting to be refined by an institution of design.

As a fashion designer of African origin, I intend to incorporate my heritage and culture into my designs. My plan is to integrate African prints and ornaments with Western inspired designs and cuts in order to create my own unique vision of fashion. I hope to be able to achieve this by attending and earning a degree with a major in fashion design. These accomplishments will allow me to pursue a career in fashion. When I'm successful, my short–term goal is to start a grass–roots fashion design and art project in Namibia, the aim of which is to demonstrate both the importance of stimulating creativity and the legitimacy of art and design in my country,Namibia. My long term goal, with the knowledge i gain from my studies of the fashion industry, i would like to merge both the art of fashion and business management in an attempt to bring in operation a green world initiative, Apparel manufacturing factories ( mass production) for various international clothing companies, who adheres to a better,greener world policy.My goal is to create employment and to help eradicate poverty in my country.

I have been forced to overcome many obstacles and much adversity in my life.
Both my parents died when i was twelve and at twenty years old and pursuing
fashion design became even harder as i had lost my only support system. As a orphan
I was not able to receive financial assistance to attend design school. Unwilling
to give up my dream, i decided to venture to the United States in 2004 to work
as an Au Pair. While in the U.S., I was able to attend my first formal art classes
at the local college part–time, in the hope of acquiring the necessary credits needed to
attend a fashion design school.
I realized that, in order to make my dreams come true, I must devote myself to
studying design as a full–time student. I discontinued my work as an Au Pair and left
the USA in the spring of 2007. This will enable me to focus on being admitted to a
design school.

Through hard work and applying to various institutions,I have been accepted to study fashion design at The Pratt Institute in New York City starting fall of 2009. Unfortunately due to financial difficulties I'm unable to study. Due to this difficulty, i have requested a deferral on my admission from the Institution, to allow me to commerce classes for fall 2010. This will give me enough time to apply for scholarships or grants from various organizations and Institutions. I'm thankful a deferral have been granted from the Pratt Institute,hopefully if i receive financial assistance, i will be able to attend fall of 2010.

I would like to be further exposed to the diverse culture that is New York and to be inspired
by the history, art, design and innovation that only The Pratt Institute can provide.
I'm confident that The Pratt Institute is the type of environment that will enable
me to evolve not only as an artist/designer but also as a person, and will allow me
to acquire the knowledge and skills i need to succeed.
I would like to know if any of you is aware of any information and advice regarding financial aid you would suggest i should look into.

Thank you

Elizabeth Mbumba






© 2007-13 elizabeth Mbumba, all content is copyrighted, all images are copyrighted or licensed rights. Reproduction is expressly prohibited, unless authorized. Listing frame provided as courtesy of © 2007-13 Fashions.Org.

elizabeth Mbumba
Fashion Designer
Swakopmund, Namibia

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Swakopmund
Namibia

(#2636)  
Member since: 04/28/2009

Upon reflection, my journey to become a fashion designer and artist began at the age of eight, when i moved to Namibia. Although my parents were from the territory now called Namibia, I was born in Angola and grew up in a very confined refugee camp during a period of political unrest. When my family was finally able to move back to a newly–independent Namibia in 1990, I was exposed to a new and wondrous world. My fondest memory was meeting my grandmother for the first time. Despite having never seen her before, I instantly recognized her standing in a field without anyone pointing her out to me. There was an immediate connection between us. She was the oldest woman I'd ever seen and i remember being fascinated with her worn and wrinkly hands and wondering about all the beautiful things she had made with those hands over her lifetime. I was captivated by my desire to explore and express the new sights and emotions i was experiencing in this new and ''foreign'' environment. I was too young an inexperienced to actually create anything wearable or to even draw at the time, however I was always looking forward to my next craft class at primary school. These experiences sparked in me a passionate desire to create and motivated me down the path of art and design.

Unfortunately, the path has not been an easy one. During the time i was in junior secondary school and throughout my high school years, there was neither nourishment
nor encouragement proffered to students, such as myself, who were born with proclivity
for art and design. As students at school we were conditioned to believe that art was a waste of resources, materials, equipments, finances and time. When i was in high school, I would make use of the few fashion design and art books we had in the library. By means of my own drive and initiative, I was able to teach myself how to sketch and sew. In fact, everything i know about sewing and design I have taught myself, and i view myself as a raw talent waiting to be refined by an institution of design.

As a fashion designer of African origin, I intend to incorporate my heritage and culture into my designs. My plan is to integrate African prints and ornaments with Western inspired designs and cuts in order to create my own unique vision of fashion. I hope to be able to achieve this by attending and earning a degree with a major in fashion design. These accomplishments will allow me to pursue a career in fashion. When I'm successful, my short–term goal is to start a grass–roots fashion design and art project in Namibia, the aim of which is to demonstrate both the importance of stimulating creativity and the legitimacy of art and design in my country,Namibia. My long term goal, with the knowledge i gain from my studies of the fashion industry, i would like to merge both the art of fashion and business management in an attempt to bring in operation a green world initiative, Apparel manufacturing factories ( mass production) for various international clothing companies, who adheres to a better,greener world policy.My goal is to create employment and to help eradicate poverty in my country.

I have been forced to overcome many obstacles and much adversity in my life.
Both my parents died when i was twelve and at twenty years old and pursuing
fashion design became even harder as i had lost my only support system. As a orphan
I was not able to receive financial assistance to attend design school. Unwilling
to give up my dream, i decided to venture to the United States in 2004 to work
as an Au Pair. While in the U.S., I was able to attend my first formal art classes
at the local college part–time, in the hope of acquiring the necessary credits needed to
attend a fashion design school.
I realized that, in order to make my dreams come true, I must devote myself to
studying design as a full–time student. I discontinued my work as an Au Pair and left
the USA in the spring of 2007. This will enable me to focus on being admitted to a
design school.

Through hard work and applying to various institutions,I have been accepted to study fashion design at The Pratt Institute in New York City starting fall of 2009. Unfortunately due to financial difficulties I'm unable to study. Due to this difficulty, i have requested a deferral on my admission from the Institution, to allow me to commerce classes for fall 2010. This will give me enough time to apply for scholarships or grants from various organizations and Institutions. I'm thankful a deferral have been granted from the Pratt Institute,hopefully if i receive financial assistance, i will be able to attend fall of 2010.

I would like to be further exposed to the diverse culture that is New York and to be inspired
by the history, art, design and innovation that only The Pratt Institute can provide.
I'm confident that The Pratt Institute is the type of environment that will enable
me to evolve not only as an artist/designer but also as a person, and will allow me
to acquire the knowledge and skills i need to succeed.
I would like to know if any of you is aware of any information and advice regarding financial aid you would suggest i should look into.

Thank you

Elizabeth Mbumba






© 2007-13 elizabeth Mbumba, all content is copyrighted, all images are copyrighted or licensed rights. Reproduction is expressly prohibited, unless authorized. Listing frame provided as courtesy of © 2007-13 Fashions.Org.

Bianca Mofokeng
Fashion Designer
Walvisbay, Namibia

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Bianca Mofokeng
Fashion Designer
Walvisbay, Namibia

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Veronica Amukushu
Fashion Designer
Oranjemund, Namibia

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Veronica Amukushu
Fashion Designer
Oranjemund, Namibia

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Janel Marais
Fashion Designer
Katima mulilo, Namibia

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Janel Marais
Fashion Designer
Katima mulilo, Namibia

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Elnied U Kaurora
Fashion Designer
Windhoek, Namibia

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Elnied U Kaurora
Fashion Designer
Windhoek, Namibia

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