Stella Atal was born in northern Uganda on the shore of lake Kyoga. She was raised and educated in Kampala. She comes from an artistic family and was introduced to painting at age five. Her art draws on the lifestyles of Africans living in the villages and ancient African motifs and symbols.
Stella is a fashion designer and artist based in Kampala, Uganda. Her work has been showcased throughout Africa, as well as in London, Holland, Spain and the United States. She is the recipient of numerous fashion awards.
IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEO: Africa Fashion Week 2010 – Ugandan designer Atal Stella showcases at Africa Fashion Week NY 2010 – Day 1 of the designer presentations on 7-15-2010. AFWNY (Jul12-Jul18) Location: Broad Street Ballroom 41 Broad Street, NY NY
Atal’s afro-centric work fuses African and Western materials and styles to create a simple, original look. She incorporates a wide range of fabrics, including linen, environmentally friendly bark cloth, organic cotton and recycled materials.
In addition to designing her own line, Atal teaches fashion to aspiring designers and she uses her talent to serve underprivileged communities, especially the girl child in Kampala and Northern Uganda, and women affected by HIV/AIDs. She helps communities develop self-sustaining businesses painting or making crafts and clothes, there are people that I see have a potential of using their hands – could be making crafts, painting, or making fashion. Create income generating opportunities. Encourage creative expression. I teach people in the communities how to sustain themselves.
Teaching aspiring Ugandan designers technical skills and find their own voice. Some are now working in the industry. Give a chance of hope. They are needed in the society. To forget about the past and create a new life doing something that doesn’t harm anyone.
“I want my fashion to be connected to the community. To be part of the community. I’ve gone some miles, I want to pull people that are behind.”
Below are some Photos from Atal’s Collection. To see more of Stella Atal’s work Visit: http://stella-atal.com