The clothing and fashion industry is the second largest employer after agriculture in the developing countries, and a large percentage of this workforce are women. Many a in Uganda have taken on fashion as a career meaning going for some form of training in fashion schools. Am doing a personality write-up for the first time and its all about Grace Mundaka, her and fashion.
1. Say something about your background?
I am passionate about children, vulnerable women, fashion, cooking. I am a lover of life a “Jill” of all traits a mother of two (2). Squidward and Heisenberg they are my lovelies and mean the world to me. I am family oriented too I keep a small circle of people I can’t live without; they are my support system my biggest critics.
2. Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?
For my 23rd birthday I received 12 yards of fabric and that’s how the madness and drama began. My process is unique because my craft only involves needle and thread-work for all accessories and articles that I put together.
3. What according to you is a favorite part of being a fashion designer?
Reaching out to the community is the favorite part about being a fashion designer. I find the most fulfillment reaching out to the needs of the community through the people who I work with and work for it’s all for the women and their children It’s a blessing and burden I bear.
4. The designs you create, who and which things were your inspiration while creating such designs?
Nature is my biggest inspiration. I celebrate nature always.
5. Define fashion? to you as Grace
Fashion and design is a lifestyle. It’s a dynamic branch of art and a means of self-expression. I sometimes imagine how amazing it would be to wake up dressed as a rose.
As human beings we are constantly looking for approval from others especially about our outlook.
At Bududa community is my support system. My drive and inspiration I find in nature. Tucked away between mountain ranges and rivers. I sometimes imagine how amazing it would be to wake up dressed as roses. A symbol of hope for family, children and community.
I sometimes imagine how amazing it would be to wake up dressed as a rose.
6. What skills according to you are necessary for a successful fashion designer?
Creativity and belief in self. Those are the skills you need to master to be a successful fashion designer
7. What is the qualification required for a fashion designer career?
Passion, motive. It’s all about life. Doing fashion and design is everything it makes life matter.
8. How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?
I stay in tune with myself always. It’s through fabric my means of self-expression. The trends only matter depending on the consumers
(Principled she is )
9. What do you consider the important facets of the fashion industry?
The most important facets are people because they are the consumers of the products and designs.
10. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
I am attached to the things I make, because I believe it’s an extension of myself. that could be both a strength and weakness. a tie for everyone I love. Just the right ties!
11. Where do you see yourself in next ten years ? and the whole fashion industry in Uganda or East Africa can we ever beat the Chinese products that are cheaper
In the next ten years I want to integrate therapy in the needle and thread-work. I am currently pursuing my masters in counseling and psychology to make this possible. I find sewing therapeutic.
I belief in growth a lot is changing daily new brands are born with mass production and finding ways of making the cost of production cheap yes, I am fairly optimistic we can favorably compete with the Chinese market. When? Time will tell.
(A grim of hope that’s we need as humans)
12. How would you describe your personal style?
Happy go lucky!
13. How do you handle stress that comes with your work?
Self-care is key as I work. I could stay up all night sewing, constantly poking my finger with the sewing needle but as soon as I feel the fatigue coming in sleep and listening to a whole J.Cole album works like magic.
14. How do you deal with difficult clients?
15. How comfortable are you working hands with models and other designers?
I am very comfortable every opportunity to work with a new model and other designers is a blessings it’s always an opportunity for growth and feedback.
16. How would you relate past and present fashion trends?
Past and present are the same, I believe it’s a continuation like a circle but, if I had to choose I would love to live in the past in a vintage secret garden by River Manafwa in Bududa. Clearly I am a dreamer.
Like Grace millennials out there have to find themselves embrace what they like take it up and make it a career. then we shall have taken charge of our course and forge are better future for ourselves, the communities we find our selves into and most importantly those we bring into this life
credit to Grace Mundaka for coming through and keeping time
Dream on who can tell