"Hamjambo, kwa majina naitwa Wangui Gitonga na nimetoka Nchi ya Kenya, mji wa Mombasa."
Wangui was born and raised in Mumbasa and describes herself as “Humble, a real go getter”. With aspirations of becoming a prominent hotelier, she is currently studying for a diploma in Food and Beverage Management. Her hobbies include running, swimming and reading, and she enjoys listening to rock, RnB and gospel music. Her special talents include belly dancing, and her personal motto is “Commitment is the key to success”.
In Her Own Words...
"My name is Wangui Gitonga, I am a Linguistics student studying German in Goethe Institute in Mombasa.
I am humble, disciplined and above all a risk taker. I enjoy cooking, I love to exercise, reading inspirational books, dancing, and I would like to give back to the society one way or another. I also love track events and can run up to fifteen kilometers everyday without strain and I’m also a very good singer and love to sing in the jazz and soul genres."
Inspired by the Turkana people, this elegant gold evening gown of a halter neck design is made of satin silk ethnic printed fabric. The sleeveless gown is embellished with sequins from the neck to the lower abdomen area. The dress is given more volume from the knee down and features a front slit with added flounces.
Sally Karago’s passion for Fashion Designing began at the age of 12. After finishing secondary school she joined a local fashion college in Nairobi and was awarded a diploma in Fashion Design and Garment in 1985.
Sally continued to gain knowledge and sharpen her skills after she enrolled at the American College in London where she was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Fashion Merchandising and Designing in 1991.
Sally returned home to a nation that had no appreciation of the fashion industry. This did not discourage her. Instead she saw this as an opportunity which led her to open a studio designing made to measure clothes for clients and also for the corporate world in East Africa.
Sally’s creativity and attention to detail was immediately recognised when she won the Smirnoff Award in the Professional Category in 1993. She was called upon to design a garment to celebrate 30 years of African Heritage in Business resulting in a one of a kind garment designed with bulk cloth and porcupine quills. The elegant, well thought out porcupine garment got Sally catapulted to become the First Fashion Designer to open the First Face of Africa fashion show in search for the next Face of Africa in East Africa. The Event was held in South Africa where Patricia Oluche was selected. Sally’s collection continued to grace international catwalks.
In 2002 Sally introduced a new revolutionary trend using local fabrics, the Maasai Blanket, the Kikoyi and the woven fabrics at the Kenya Fashion Week. To this day, the local people are inspired to design from local fabrics following her example.
Sally’s love for fashion excellence has led her to open Mcensal School of Fashion Design to impact the next generation with knowledge of fashion, as talent alone is not enough without a formal education. The school has recently enjoyed media coverage during the first graduating class début where the student designers set the pace for their future by holding a fashion show.
Sally’s interest to see the Fashion Industry in Kenya move to the next level initiated the forming of the very first registered Association Fashion Designers in Kenya (AFAD) K, where she works with other designers to see how they can awake this sleeping giant.