Clothing Designer from Malawi Targets Overseas Markets
Lilly Alfonso is one of the top fashion designers in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi.
Alfonso has shown her creations at fashion shows in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Her clothes are now being sold at stores in South Africa. She is using individuals in Britain and the United States to sell her products in those countries.
Lilly Alfonso hopes her creations will be sold throughout the world within five years. When a VOA reporter went to see the designer, she was on the telephone.
"They (are) wanting 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, so I will send you the sizes right away after this..."
Alfonso says she has loved the world of fashion since she was six years old.
"Every time I, I look(ed) at any cloth that is there for me, quickly I would want to change to what I like. Pretty much, I would cut a hand, or make it short. I would be almost half-naked most of the time. I used to get into trouble..."
She opened her own tailoring business. And in 2010 she was named best designer at a fashion show in Lilongwe.
"So that motivated me more to say ‘Everything is possible.' The person who invented the car, even the plane, he had to start with a dream. What would stop me?"
Her business is growing. Alfonso employs 30 people in her fashion design center. She buys some of the material she uses in her clothing from disabled weavers in Malawi.
She also offers free training to young designers, like student Mphatso Chilaga.
"Now I'm having this experience, how to draw models -- really like (in a) professional way, how models are supposed to be drawn, how prints are drawn and printed, how you can study material, how you can determine a color on a person by comparing with their complexion if it would suit them or not."
But her success has brought problems. She says she must now deal with people who are copying her designs.
I'm John Russell.
1.fashion designer 时装设计师
She is now concentrating on a career as a fashion designer.
2.Overseas Market 海外市场
We need to develop our overseas market.
3.right away 立刻
I knew right away she was dead.
4.Pretty much 多数情况下；差不多
I'm an orphan and pretty much grew up on my own.
1.I used to get into trouble..."
get into trouble 惹麻烦
I didn't half get into trouble.
If you keep the rules, you are not likely to get into trouble.
2.She says she must now deal with people who are copying her designs.
deal with 处理
He's a hard man to deal with.
They have not finalized the deal with the government.
莉莉·阿方索（Lilly Alfonso）是马拉维首都利隆圭的一名高级时装设计师 。
在伦敦、巴黎和阿姆斯特丹的时装秀上，阿方索向人们展示了自己的作品 。目前，她设计的时装在南非和津巴布韦的服装店销售 。她还利用英国和美国的个体商户，将产品远销到这些国家 。
莉莉希望，五年内自己设计的作品能够远销全世界 。美国之音的记者准备采访这位设计师时，她正在打电话 。
“每次看到自己的衣服，我就想立刻裁剪成自己喜欢的款式 。多数情况下我会稍微裁剪一下或剪短一些 。大多数时间我都是半裸的 。经常会因此陷入麻烦……”
她自己开了一家裁缝店 。她在2010年利隆圭的一场时装秀上荣获最佳设计师 。
“这鼓励我‘一切皆有可能 。’发明汽车和飞机的伟人也以怀揣梦想为开端 。什么能够阻挡我前进的脚步？”
她的生意逐渐步入正轨 。阿方索的时尚设计公司有30多名雇员 。她会从马拉维一些残疾织工手里购买服装所需布料 。
她还免费培训了一些年轻设计师，Mphatso Chilaga就是其中一位 。
不过成功也伴随着烦恼 。她表示，现在她得与那些抄袭自己设计的人较量 。