Zambian Fashion World.
Fashion is something we live with; it is something part of our everyday life. We live fashion, eat, and experience it every day.
The modern industry, based around firms or fashion houses run by individual designers, started in the 19th century with Charles Frederick Worth who from 1858 was the first designer to have his label sewn into the garments that he created.
Fashion has really evolved, it has come with recognition of Countries in the world, by seeing People wearing some type of clothes it will tell you which country they are from or which continent they wear such clothes.
Africans fashion has also been established… From the San people in our historical moment to now we can greatly say it has changed as well. We recognize each other in the taste of what fabric and style we wear.
From Egypt through Nigeria passing to the East of Ethiopia down the southern hemisphere of Botswana,lesotho Swaziland and South Africa and not forgetting our own Mother land Zambia, we can greatly say we are know with what we wear. Mangishi Love by Kapasa Musonda, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, Zambian designer Kapasa Musonda established her Mangishi brand in 2012. She’s since gone on to showcase collections in L.A, Palm Springs, Atlanta, Adelaide and Lusaka.
The ready-to-wear pieces in her Mangishi Doll line consist of unique prints and bold colors mixed in unusual yet rhythmic ways.
The word mangishi is derived from the Nyanja language, referring to a piece of wire twisted into an artistic craft.For 16 years, Chiza Ngulube has been making quality men’s bespoke tailoring using fine African prints and fabrics. Ngulube opened Esnoko’s first standalone store shortly after showcasing at South African Fashion Week A/W 2016.
His latest collection, Esnoko S/S 2016, features chitenge (Zambian print) pants and tuxedo blazers. Standout pieces include a modernized version of the Sibiza, a traditional outfit worn by men of the Lozi tribe in Western Zambia, and caped-sleeved blazers.
Esnoko by Chiza S/S 2016
Kitenge or chitenge is an East African, West African and Central African fabric similar to sarong, often worn by women and wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling. Kitenges are colourful pieces of fabric.
The designers and their clients are slowly starting to embrace the local material; chitenge’ to make designs. Usually associated with church services, initiation ceremonies and traditional attire or at home as a sign of respect, the chitenge material has always been viewed to be traditional and conservative. The designers and their clients are embracing the chitenge attire because it is vibrant, rich in pattern and fun to work with and wear. Who would have thought that you would one day rock in a chitenge blazer? Or that a chitenge can be used to make a gorgeous summer dress? Or a pair of heels and bags?
Zambia, in the recent years has been hosting the Zambian fashion week and the Lusaka July to showcase the different designers. The functions enable potential buyers to choose preferred garments from the catwalk and take them home.
In the western part of Zambia we have a tribe known as the Lozi speaking people.
They have a rich culture that will teach you a lot of things; their fashion clothing is mainly based on an outfit called MUSINSI.
MUSINSI consists of 2 skirts, a top called BAKI and a small wrapper known as CHALI.
Women and Men in this tribe wear bangles which are given at different levels. They are given at stages like Birth, Puberty and Marriage. This brings a sense of belonging to their culture, so how they behave depends on the level of life they have attained by having those bundles. In a nutshell their brand really makes then understand who they are in society and responsibility becomes a part of them.
fashion is a very diverse part of our Zambian culture because it is something that speaks everything about a specific tribe, culture or country at large. Fashion is something we leave with everyday, it is a part of us and so, it should be embraced like something so delicate because if not used in an appropriate manner, it turns out bad and unrecognized.