Solome Katongole has a wealth of cultural experiences under her belt. From interning in London to being educated at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, the Ugandan-born designer has a unique style. Showcasing her collection at Africa-Malaysia Fashion Week, Cliché Magazine chatted with Katongole about her stunning pieces.
Cliché: What influenced you to become a fashion designer?
Solome Katongole: Curiosity fed my urge to pursue fashion design. I was very curious about garment construction and I wanted to learn about the science of the fabrics. I also had many ideas for different styles and fabrics I wanted to use, but I didn’t see them in the stores.
How is Ugandan culture reflected in your designs?
Ugandan culture plays a major role in my creativity and it’s reflected through the fabrics I use and the style and silhouettes of my designs.
Why do you think it is important to display African fashion on an international platform?
It is important to showcase on an international platform mainly because of the exposure. It helps to reach a unique and different audience. African fashion displays great beautiful fabrics and designs and I think they should be seen globally.
What was the inspiration behind your latest collection?
My recent collection is about being a lady. It is celebrating stylish women that embrace their individualism in fashion within their era, but remain timeless and effortless.
What are you looking forward to in the Africa-Malaysia fashion show?
I am looking forward to the AMFS to introduce my work to the Asian fashion industry. I also want to reach out to boutiques and hopefully my designs will soon be available and sold in Malaysia.
Images courtesy of Solome Katongole
Solome Katongole Interview “International Designs” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Aug/Sept 2014 issue.