Fashion designer, Mpho Chepete of FEDE says fashion does not have boundaries and everyone can look stunning in a perfect outfit designed specifically for them.
She is a young fashion designer that thinks outside the box and uplifts fashion in Botswana. She has observed that disabled people are always left out when it comes to designs and has taken it upon herself to design special outfits for the disabled, hence her upcoming event in two weeks’ time, dubbed; ‘Fashion For Disability and Cancer’ gala dinner which would be held at Avani Hotel.
This event is also to launch her fashion house, FEDE. “This fashion show aims at empowering and advocating for the inclusion of the people living with disability in the mainstream systems. It is like as fashion designers we just prioritise the normal population only,” she explains.
Chepete says clothes are enough to boost one’s confidence, which is why she has chosen the disabled to help also feel good and look sophisticated in their outfits.
“I basically want to give out a sense of confidence to someone who did not choose to be the way they are.
“I struggled with confidence when growing up because of life pressures but I could run to clothes to help me feel and look good, so I thought I should also extend this to the disabled because my everyday question has been; ‘what about the person who didn’t choose to be like that?,” says Chepete.
The Limkokwing University student of Fashion and Apparel Design says that the confidence she found in clothes pushed her to study fashion designing.
This will be a two-day glamorous fashion show and gala dinner, which will be held on April 27th, followed by the fashion show on the 28th.
The 24-year fashion designer says through the event, with other different fashion designers, they intend to give P7000.00 to deserving different organisations.
She is of the view that ‘a cloth is a human being’s friend and most women find peace in clothes as they make them look and feel good’.
She will be graduating this year and is fully ready to compete within the fashion industry and advocate for the inclusion of the disabled at all times.