Phambili trendy ANCWL uniform, phambili
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Not only is it outdated, but it is also aesthetically unappealing.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.”