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13-year Chisomo rises in fashion

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By Chris Loka, contributor:

At 13- years old, Chisomo Nkoloma has already discovered her talent in fashion design and has earned praise from a number of people she has served.

The Lilongwe-based designer is looking to grow her trade and wants to break into the international market.

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“Fashion is something I am passionate about, I am still learning and drinking from the well of the veterans but I am going in the right direction looking at the strides I have made so far,” she said.

A third-born daughter of George and Caroline Nkoloma, Chisomo said she has taken interest in designing women’s attire and that she will keep expanding her base.

Chisomo said her love for fashion stems from a tender age when she used to play with fabrics.

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She said her mother has also been a driving force, giving her the freedom to explore fashion.

“I should say that no-one really taught me the basics in fashion design. It has all developed through practice and observation. I would love to get trained,” Chisomo said.

She said she has also been inspired to work hard in fashion by fashion designer Pemphero Phiri of Mot by Annie.

Meanwhile, Chisomo, who is a form two student at Nazarene Secondary School in Lilongwe, has pledged to design attire for Hannah Sukali, the lead actor in Fatsani movie set for premiere on April 30.

Chisomo said the pledge was part of her support to the drive-in premiere to be held at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

“I, as a young designer, thought I should also support a fellow young artist by dressing Hannah. She is only 12 years old and yet she plays lead actor; this is an inspiration to me that I can also excel in my trade,” she said.

She said it is important that young people take time to support each other to grow their talents, adding that, through the platform, she will also be able to market herself.

Hannah hailed Chisomo for the gesture, saying she was looking forward to wearing an outfit designed by one of the youngest designers in the country

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