BRAVING a brisk morning in Stirling, Liesse Kezimana shows an Adelaide Hills winter needn’t be grey and gloomy.
Kezimana is one of 10 African models who will parade the exotic fashions of 24-year-old Zambian designer Kapasa Musonda as part of the African Rainbows Charity Cocktail Party at Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday night.
The sold-out event will launch Dignity Zambia — a charity that aims to improve women’s education and health in Zambia.
Musonda, 24, who studied fashion in Los Angeles on a scholarship, has flown to Adelaide for the cause.
“My studio is in Mtendere, and it’s a low class area. Every day I’m able to see a lot of the challenges families face,” she says.
“It’s saddening for the most part. There are a lot of people, especially women who do not have the opportunity to go to school.
“A lot of families live under poor conditions; they don’t have easy access to running water, they also don’t have the supply of electricity.”
Despite the challenges, Musonda says she finds inspiration in everything around her and enjoys experimenting with colour because “it makes people happy.”
The young designer met with Dignity Zambia founder Sandy Clark 12 months ago and was inspired by her vision for improvement in the country.
“I’m really excited. This is really going to change lives,” she says.
“I feel like this will open the hearts of many people.”
Almost 200 people will attend Friday night’s launch, which will feature the parade choreographed by Tanya Powell and an auction that aims to raise $25,000.
For more information visit dignityzambia.com
Originally published as Bright African colours are life changing