Pham­bili trendy ANCWL uni­form, pham­bili

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

The ANC Woman’s League’s uni­form has re­mained the same for decades.

The loose black-and-gold blouse and black skirt have been de­scribed as re­sem­bling some sort of church uni­form.

Not only is it out­dated, but it is also aes­thet­i­cally un­ap­peal­ing. It is a fash­ion flop that will not at­tract the younger women the league is try­ing to at­tract to its fold. The old-fash­ioned look has seen some younger women within its ranks try­ing to mod­ernise the uni­form by tuck­ing in the blouse and don­ning diva T-shirts.

City Press asked top South African fash­ion de­sign­ers David Tlale and GertJo­han Coet­zee to de­sign a new-look uni­form for the woman’s league that will kick it into the 21st cen­tury and help the league’s lead­er­ship ap­peal to younger mem­bers.

Coet­zee ex­plained his de­sign (above): “A uni­form doesn’t have to look like you work in a cafe­te­ria. Sub­tle drap­ing and soft pleats add flow and fem­i­nin­ity, and a struc­tured jacket with a cinched waist gives it the re­quired pro­fes­sional edge while be­ing flat­ter­ing to all fig­ure shapes.”

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