Meet the queen of maxi skirts

HARARE - United Kingdom-based fashion designer Joyline Kim Munayiwa has won acclaim thanks to her focus on the ‘never out of style’ maxi skirt.

Her label called Joyline Clothing has attracted international attention. Joyline rising status belies the fact that in 1n 2013 she became home bound after a knee injury at work. The misfortune inspired her to create her clothing line.

Below are her views on her flourishing career:

What sparked your interest in fashion?

Watching music videos from abroad and reading fashion magazines in my early teens.

What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?

After a knee injury in 2013 that saw me out of work and home bound, I decided to follow the fashion career path.

How has your work evolved since you began your own label?

I have evolved from doing basic designs to doing sophisticated garments for special events like weddings. I have since improved in my pattern-cutting techniques and the finish of my garments.

Have your pieces become more appealing to people as a result?

My pieces have kept my customers in awe as I always try and surprise them every time.

Are there any types of clothing that you personally avoid wearing?

I am always up for a challenge so I am fairly comfortable wearing anything, with a little twist of my own brand of course.

How has been your work received internationally?

Internationally, the reception has been very good. We currently only ship to USA but plan to expand soon.

How does Africa influence your work?

Hugely, my whole being is influenced by Africa, the uniqueness of African fashion industry and culture inspires me and my label.

What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?

I have been researching on vintage designs and trying to see how they can be brought back to suit the modern style incorporating African prints. This has seen me bringing exciting designs that are slightly unusual.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your brand?

That it is a long, challenging, exciting, educational journey and that as a person you will always keep growing and learning.

What would you like to achieve before the end of the year?

We would like to be supplying our products internationally by the end of the year setting us up for our huge surprise development set for 2017.

What is your motto?

Joyline -clothing brings Joy at the first touch of our garments.

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