- Posted by Team Superwoman
- On November 16, 2013
NDIDI QUEEN is our Superwoman for the month of November 2013. She is the brain behind COLOURZ COUTURE, a talented designer indeed. Join her on the 23rd of November at Elleanora’s Place Port Harcourt as she unveils her latest collection tagged ” THE NEW COLLECTIONS FRENZY”. see you there.
Hello Queen, I must say your designs are lovely, can we meet you?
Hi,my name is Queen Ndidi Ugocha,from Ndokwa East LGA, Delta State. I am currently a Student of the University of Port Harcourt and a young entrepreneur
How did it start; when did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
See that’s the thing. I just made those designs for myself and people will come to me and ask “Who made this? Who made that?” I couldn’t bring myself to say they were my designs because I didn’t feel confident enough in them. But with time, my friends started to ask me to make stuff for them and I did and that’s how COLOURZ COUTURE was born.
Wow! So at what point did you decide to take it professional and for how long have you been designing professionally?
I have always loved to wear stuff different from the usual so you can say that I have always been a professional designer but due to financial constrain, I couldn’t go commercial but here I am planning a fashion show tagged ‘NEW COLLECTIONS FRENZY’. I actually call the present ASUU strike a Blessing in Disguise.
What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
The first cloth I ever designed was my personal cloth
What exactly does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me is anything decent, sassy n comfortable to wear
What is the idea behind the name COLOURZ COUTURE?
Well it happened that I love colorful clothes a lot that’s how the name COLOURZ COUTURE came about
So would you say the name “COLOURZ COUTURE” reflects your designs?
Yes it does
What form of training did you receive for your work?
I wasn’t trained to become a designer, creative designing is something that comes from within for some people and I am one of those lucky one. On a second note I was trained to sew clothes formally which I have not perfected yet, I am saying this because there are some of my designs that up till now I can not cut and sew them
Describe the general process you go through to design and realize a piece of clothing.
It’s just a creative process which I can not totally describe, but is all starts with a dream, first of all create a design mentally n then sketch it so that I don’t forget d design,after that I look for a fabric that will suit the design which most times is very difficult because of unavailability of my choice of fabric. finally I cut the fabric according to d design I want n then I sew it….wink# d design is ready
If so then how long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
Apart from shopping for fabrics and accessories I can make a piece in 2-3hours
What inspired your decision to have your own fashion show “THE NEW COLLECTIONS FRENZY”?
I feel I have a lot to tell people about me and found the fashion show and easy way to talk to the world about me and what I can do. Most times after sketching a design between 2months or so I find someone else designing same thing so sometimes I abandon that design because if I design mine later on people might think I copied so that’s why I decided to do this fashion show for people to see my designs before hand though I brought back some of my designs that I abandoned to spice up my collection
What are the challenges you’ve faced so far?
#taking a deep breath# like hasn’t been easy at all but you know the saying ‘nothing good comes easy. Finance has been one of the biggest challenge so far but with the help of my good friends and my family I have been able to make my dream a reality, secondly getting a right fabric too…..I travel as far as Port Harcourt to Balogun, Tinibu in Lagos State to get fabrics, the closest market I buy fabrics is in Aba.
Could you let us in on important details to know when organizing a fashion show?
Yes of course…
Two heads are better than one you know?
Planing an event takes a lot of hard work, you will need team spirit ,team work and you have to have a Clear picture of what you are planning to achieve. Getting all the necessary information about your event by talking to people that have succeeded in that field.
What are your expectations at the end of this show?
The main purpose of setting up this fashion show is to create awareness for the public to know me and what I do (fashion designer) so at the end of the show I hope to be exposed and known by people home and abroad
What are plans for the future of COLOURZ COUTURE?
My dream is to make colourz c
outure a household name home n Abroad
What will you say is the position of the fashion industry in Port Harcourt compared to other cities in Nigeria and the rest of the world?
I can not really rate that for now
Which Nigerian designer do you admire?
Late Remi Lagos
As a resident of Port Harcourt what are your views on #carniriv2013
Sorry I have never attended CARNIRIV, though I will make sure I attend this year
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
My advice to other young designers is to be original and creative in your work, have a clear vision, work hard and try to do a lot of research for more exposure and you will be surprised at how your designs will blow peoples minds
Thank you very much for your time we wish you success in your program and future endeavors.
“NEW COLLECTIONS FRENZY” 2013 collection opens on the 23rd of November at Elleanora’s Place, 42 Old Aba Road, Rumuogba Artillery, Port Harcourt.
Red carpet by 2pm.
Fashion show with the catwalk frenzy by 4pm.
After party which will take guests till dawn.
Lovers of daring female fashion, don’t be left out of this Creative frenzy.
Hope to see you there.
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