Gloria Wavamunno is a fashion designer and the CEO & Founder of Kampala fashion week.
Born in England and raised between London and Kampala, she studied at the Kampala International School in Uganda and graduated with a fashion, design and marketing degree at the American Intercontinental University of London. Being the daughter of a fashion designer / tailor, her interest in fashion and design was part of the inspirations she was surrounded by.
She emerged in different areas of the fashion industry being active as a stylist and make-up artist, working for magazines such as Flare, New African Women and Arise magazine. Gloria interned at Ghanaian British men’s designer Oswald Boateng before launching her brand in 2009. Her ready-to-wear brand Gloria Wavamunno draws inspiration from her experiences and environment to construct unique fashion items with a focus on quality and tailoring. The brand has showcased during Fashion weeks in New York, Johannesburg and Paris.
After growing a desire for a Ugandan based platform that could translate fashion into business, Wavamunno launched Kampala Fashion Week (KFW) in 2014, to reach a global audience and promote homegrown labels. The fashion business owner also founded the Ugandan Fashion Council. Through her different ventures she continues to educate and influence quality of production in Uganda, to support others in creating sustainable fashion businesses in Uganda.
Scene from Gloria Wavamunno's brand at Kampala Fashion Week 2017
“As a result of peace in the country, and economic growth, more young people have been able to engage in a creative career. We are trying to create a platform to show the youths what the level of quality needs to be.”