A Fashion Show A World Apart

September 12, 2018  

Proudly wearing their own designs, the women of the Paper Fig Sew School exuded celebration as they made their way down the runway. And after Laurie DeJong sent them out one by one, they locked eyes with a cameraman: David McIntyre, who has squatted at the end of hundreds of runways in New York.

“The sew school show was the best show I’ve ever photographed,” he said of the experience. “I loved the joy and authenticity of it. There was no hype, no bottom line, just a celebration and a lot of pride.”

Even though all the factors surrounding the event are different - the cultures, the economics, the politics, the resources – there is a sameness to the event itself. A single woman walking proudly down a lonely runway, all eyes on her. For a moment, the differences between New York and Paris and Kampala and Kasese dissolve, and these are just beautiful women wearing their work with pride.

“When these girls come to the school,” said DeJong, “it’s not just teaching them sewing. It’s giving them the confidence to go out into the world and support themselves and be an upstanding member of the community. It’s a place for them to gather and support one another too.”

Read about how the fashion show brings leaders from outside the area to Kidodo, to create meaningful change, by checking back in Friday.