Mzuzu Fashion Week (MzFW) featured designers MisK and Za Clemoh will be sending pieces to Scotland to feature in the annual EMMS International Fundraising Fashion Show in October.
The show will host the latest winter collections from 8 designers and boutiques on the catwalk including collections from Mzuzu Fashion Week, Emma Roy of Edinburgh Wedding Boutique and Halina North, Gold Award winner at the London Graduate Fashion Week last year, as well as entertainment and prizes, it promises to be a night of fun.
All this is in aid of girls in Malawi who are so often overlooked. The show will also have in attendance Linda Fabiani, MSP (Scottish politician, with Italian origins. A member of the Scottish National Party, she is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for East Kilbride.)
Our publication understands the event will take place at Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL on 25th of October.
MzFW Co Founder, Wezi Mzumara says “Being a girl and living in remote rural areas of Malawi is harder than we can imagine. Better healthcare and support, provided by EMMS International and their local partners in Malawi, is bringing hope to young women striving to lift themselves out of poverty and take control of their lives. Incredible advances are already being made, for example in preventing HIV transmission from HIV+ mothers to their babies. But there is still much to be done” adding “Every girl’s life matters.”
Featured Designers profiles
Clemoh, is one of the most influential designers in Malawi and household name in the Malawian fashion industry. Full of talent and enthralling creativity, he is an award winning designer who rose to fame after winning the Fashion Malawi Edition (FAME) in 2011. With his prowess in designing Za Clemoh’s brand focuses mainly on women’s wear.
Growing up in Malawi, with a developing interest in fashion at a very young age and a strong love for good things, Clemoh is a self-taught fashion designer. With many years passing by with him in the background, his comeback into the industry was in 2015 when he showcased at Malawi’s premier fashion event, the Mzuzu Fashion Week, where he stole the show. His wish is always to see nothing but a happy and satisfied client. He has showcased at several fashion weeks, some of which include the Swahili fashion week in Tanzania, Durban July in South Africa but also at the Mzuzu Fashion Week where he is expected to showcase again this year.
He has also had the opportunity of being a Judge at the Miss Malawi beauty pageant. Among some of the influential people he has dressed is former first lady Madame Calista Mutharika. Now working on re-branding, he is determined to stay focused and deliver the best in fashion both on the local and international market.
Kylie Uta Brown
Kylie Uta Brown is the fashion designer for label MisK. She started MisK in 2010 after studying fashion design in London at West Thames College. She has showcased at FAME 2010, 2011 and other fashion shows plus dressed contestants for beauty pageants in Malawi and in Nigeria. She has a client base both locally and in other countries around the world. She designs mostly for women but occasionally does menswear too. She has showcased at Mzuzu Fashion Week 2015 & 2016 and is looking forward to this year’s event also.
Additionally, more than simply providing a platform for local designers to promote their products, the event hopes to inspire a new generation of fashion designers and entrepreneurs.
These individuals could then use their skills to create jobs as well as products that may be exported, thereby generating revenue for the nation. The event continues to raise the standard of quality in Malawi’s fashion industry. It will serve as a place where stakeholders can network and learn from one another.
This would thereby lead to a greater demand for Malawian clothing and thereby boost the nation’s economic standing.
Mzuzu Fashion Week would like to ask for the continued support of the government, the private sector and Malawi as a whole as MzFW has the potential to be a major contributor to Malawi’s socio-economic growth.