Meet Uganda’s top fashion designer Sylvia Owori

Sylvia Owori

Sylvia Owori, is one of Uganda’s top fashion designers, she is a businesswoman and an entrepreneur. The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Zipa Modeling Agency, a company that she founded and owns. She is reported to be one of the wealthiest individuals in Uganda the third-largest economy in the East African Community.

A picture of one of Sylvia Owori's design.
A picture of one of Sylvia Owori’s designs.

Following her studies in the United Kingdom, she returned to her nativeland Uganda and opened a boutique that initially sold imported clothes. That enterprise, Sylvie’s Boutique, maintains its headquarters at Garden City Mall in Kampala’s central business district, with another branch at Mabirizi Complex, also in Kampala, and a third store in Kilimani, a section of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. It employed 80 people in both countries, as of December 2009.

She also began designing and manufacturing clothes for herself and her friends. In 2000, Sylvia Owori was selected to design the clothes worn by the contestants at the MNet Face of Africa, in Dar es Salaam and Cape Town. The following year, in 2001, she was selected to design the clothes worn by the Ugandan finalist at the Nokia Face of Africa competition.

Sylvia Owori

From 2001 until 2004, Sylvia Owori took charge of organizing the “Miss Uganda Beauty Pageant”, thereby expanding her visibility. In 2004, she launched her own clothes line, under the Sylvia Owori label. In 2005, she launched Africa Woman Magazine, a glossy monthly publication with circulation in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Tanzania.

Sylvia Owori

Owori designed and manufactured the costumes for the lead actors, actresses and part of the cast of the film The Last King of Scotland, released in 2006. She is also the founder and owner of Zipa Modeling Agency, a leading fashion talent house in the African Great Lakes area. Owori not only designs cloths, she designs bags too but in the African way and owns a non-profit foundation in Kampala, Uganda known as The Sylvia Owori Foundation.

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