When I hear someone say”this is the person behind that design,”I wonder if she created it, why can’t one say she is the person in front of it?I figured technically she leads and the fabric follows what has already been carefully thought through,until it becomes that amazing dress everyone wants.One could argue that the aspects of grammar come into play,let us call it food for thought,shall we?
Chisoma Lombe is the face in front of Chizo designs which is currently one of Zambia’s most popular brands,but it has not always been that way. According to allafrica.com
in 2013 Chizo designs was made up of just one sewing machine and two tailors, talk about small beginnings!That is not even the biggest twist , Chisoma resigned from her job as the finance director of Action Aid International Zambia to pursue a career in designing according to the DAILYMAIL she says:
“If someone thinks that working for a reputable organisation makes them happy and fulfills their desires to be happy, then let it be! But, my emphasis is for people to follow their dreams and put in their best to achieve such dreams.
One of her very first major showcases was at Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2014,with her fabulous rainbow collection.
In the same year Chizo Designs made their debut at Zambia Fashion Week.
She soon became a regular at The Zambia Fashion Week and showcased yet again in 2015.
Fast forward to 2016 ,it has been a great year for Chizo Designs.
For starters they represented Zambia at the Africa Fashion Reception held at the African Union-Addis Ababa. The collection was nothing short of amazing if I do say so myself!
UNESCO will be hosting the next Africa Fashion Reception in Paris on the 29th of October 2016 and I cannot wait to see what Chizo designs has in store for us.
The year would not be complete if we did not have a glimpse of her at the just ended Zambia Fashion Week.She brought her bright colourful designs to life once again. Nothing short of trendy with her pick of warm colours and garment pieces,from strongly feminine swaying into modern corporate playful themes.All in all it felt like a high class tea party and we were part of it 🙂 !
The recurring head wrap pieces she showed on the ramp hammered home how beautifully an African woman retains her class and culture yet be bold, modern and sophisticated all in one look.
Looking at all the years we can clearly see how much she has grown in various spheres. From her designs morphing rapidly and concurrently with her gaining more international momentum . She has been a pleasure and inspiration to watch grow. I look forward to seeing more of her and all she has in store .
Keep up with Chisoma on :
Facebook : Chisoma Lombe
Website : chizodesigns.com