My ma­tric dance

SA per­son­al­i­ties take a trip down me­mory lane. Cue the “Awww!”

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Zola Nene

Chef and food stylist “Much to my par­ents’ dis­tress and stress, I had two dresses made for the oc­ca­sion: a pur­ple num­ber that I hated, and then this pea­cock-blue gown, which I wore to the dance! I truly loved my­self that night and thought that ev­ery­thing – my hair, shoes and makeup – looked amaz­ing. My friend Phum­lani was my date, and he wore a cream suit and corn­rows – talk about a throw­back! But the best part of it all was the after-party at a club in Ge­orge. We thought that we were so cool club­bing the night away!”

Zoë Brown

TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter “It was thanks to fi­nan­cial help from gen­er­ous friends that I got to wear this pur­ple and turquoise dress by de­signer Made­laine Clarke to my 2008 ma­tric dance at Kingsway High School in Amanz­im­toti, Kwazu­luNatal. As for the ac­ces­sories, that’s where I got to ap­ply my DIY skills: I had my heels pro­fes­sion­ally spray­painted pur­ple, and then I added turquoise dia­man­tés and beads to the an­kle straps. My clutch was made from a ce­real box folded into a rec­tan­gle, glued in place and cov­ered in the same fab­ric as my dress, with more dia­manté em­bel­lish­ments. I also didn’t have to worry about a date, as Quintin had asked me to be his part­ner way back when we were in grade 9. It was a re­ally fun night be­cause we all stayed in the mo­ment, and en­joyed it for what it was.”

TV pre­sen­ter “I went to my ma­tric dance with Neil Shraga, who later be­came my hus­band – al­though at the time, we were like Ross and Rachel on Friends… on again, off again! The event was held at Joburg’s Turf­fontein Race­course after ex­ams at the end of the year, but I was so busy with my work as a KTV pre­sen­ter that I didn’t have time to have a gown made; I just bought a flo­ral cock­tail dress and great heels. As head girl, I had the hon­our of mak­ing a speech, and I had an amaz­ing time all round, en­joy­ing one last party as a ma­tric group be­fore we all went off into the adult world.”

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