These are some of the pieces from Chipo Bespoke Dressed For Love bridal collection. The Derby-based designer said she started working on these designs since November 2012. Chipo Sibotshiwe, who is from Zimbabwe and have now lived in the UK for about 11 years is 27-year-old. She’ll be showcasing her collection at Sunday’s Derby Telegraph wedding fair. The Dressed For Love collection is the fist bridal pieces the African designer has put together.
Chipo, whose parents moved with her to the UK to aid her fashion career, has seen her business blossom in the last five years. She has a Bachelors degree in design from New College, Nottingham. She offers made-to-measure style for the ultimate fit.
Speaking about how her fashion designing business has been growing since she moved with her parent to Britain, Chipo said, “I was commissioned to design an evening dress worn at the Miss World 2009 pageant by the contestant from Zimbabwe at the finals held in South Africa. The following year my collection opened the first ever Zimbabwe Fashion Week and then I debuted at African Fashion Week London in 2011. Since November 2012, I have been working with the Princes Trust to progress my business. They have been fantastic.”