This dress, worn here by designer Namnyak Odupoy in her ninth month of pregnancy, is a testament to Katungulu Mwendwa’s ability to design clothes that accentuate, adapt to and complement the female form.
Katungulu made the dress a few years ago when she was experimenting with different silhouettes and cuts, and so she only made the one dress in this design out of a soft cotton jersey.
The dress was not intended as pregnancy wear, but designed purely for comfort. “It can be worn at any point when one wants to look fabulous without trying,” Katungulu explains.
For many years, when Namnyak was a model, she was something of a muse for the young designer and Katungulu gave the dress to Namnyak as a gift because she felt that it was meant for her.
Namnyak chose this dress for her pregnancy shoot because of its neutral colour, comfort, how it showed off her lovely baby bump and, she adds with a laugh, “it still fits well considering that she [Katungulu] gave it to me when I was model size”.
Photograph by Lyra Aoko Media.