Award-winning Stella Atal was born into an artistic family. With her mother being an art teacher, Stella developed an early passion for art and fashion, though she engaged in painting during most of her youth. It was only due to the support of her friends that she started to pursue fashion as her major art field.
Ever since she launched her own label calledStella Atal in 2007, she has showcased locally as well as internationally – in New York, Las Vegas, Spain, Switzerland, and many more. She counts last year’s African Fashion Award(Cameroon), Ethical Award (London 2008) as well as the design of the Miss Africa’s dresses at the New York Fashion Week among successes. Also, she recently won the Kampala Controversial Arts Award, presenting a design that focuses on women’s circumcision.
Stella Atal’s designs are inspired by the colours and fabrics she uses. Whereas her main focus is on Afrocentric designs, she has started using also fabrics from other cultural regions. Integrating these different fabrics and colours she has created designs which can no longer be described exclusively in distinct cultural terms.
She herself wants her clothes to be wearable in any situations and in any cultures, always recognised as something special but not too eccentric. Her styles vary from casual to elegant eventing dresses — a collection she showcased at the 5th LaBa! Street Art Festival in Kampala.
Three questions to the artist
1. Favorite book: Art books, fashion books
2. Place to be: any place that is quiet and gives space to be creative
3. Favourite arist: Xenson