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From Kigali to the international catwalk

African fashion is on the rise! But at an international level, it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Rwandan designer Joselyne Umutoniwase hopes to make her mark as she takes her first haut-couture collection to the famous Milan fashion week.

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