Designers, Fashion Weeks

Swahili Fashion Week 2011: Patricia Mbela (Pictures)

“Patricia Mbela, has loved fashion and garment construction since childhood. At age 14, she decided that she would become a fashion designer. Her dream came true after high school when she went to study Fashion Design at London’s Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design and then later Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester Campus.

She has been in the Kenyan fashion industry for thirteen years. Her style has evolved over the years and she finally settled to her niche in Fine Art, where she uses hand painting, printing, dyeing, marbling, beading as well as focusing on interesting garment construction and turning the garments into Wearable Art. Her works are inspired by Africa and unique world cultures.

Patricia started designing ethnic jewelry in 2003 as a healing and coping technique. In keeping with Wearable Art her jewelry has an Avant Garde feel inspired by the Kenyan beading culture.”

Photocredit: Simone Deiner/SDR Photo

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