with a heavy heart, i must say goodbye to the afrikan hologram series…
such a bittersweet moment…the afrikan hologram dress was the dress that made people take notice of nakimuli. i debuted it in december 2009 on etsy and since then it has been one of my best sellers.
funny story: it took me a couple of months to decide to create the dress. i had gone to the fabric store and cut a whole bunch of swatches and had them lying on my bedroom floor. the african print and the silver hologram “magically” laid next to each other and i was like, “that’s it!” but i was hesitant to create it; “will people get it?” but after a couple of weeks of contemplating, i just decided to make the dress and it was an instant success with many women buying it to wear to their 2010 new year’s parties. all i could think is, women ringing in the new year wearing nakimuli. wow!
over the last 2 years, I have apparently been the only person buying this african print jersey fabric, as told to me by my favorite fabric store salesman. and in 2 years, i was able to make so many dresses, leggings, and skirts that i have lost count, which is pretty amazing, i think.
and it all started with this one little dress, with african print in front, silver hologram in the back, and pointy, shoulder padded sleeves.
i’m so thankful; the success of this dress gave me the confidence to move forward making my dream as a full time independent designer a reality. :)