SA fash­ion in spot­light

Top de­sign­ers grace the Zeitz Mu­seum

Sowetan - - News - By Les­ley Mo­fo­keng

South African fash­ion is un­der the spot­light as the Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa (Zeitz Mocca) pre­mieres a new fash­ion ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled “21 Years: Mak­ing His­to­ries with South African Fash­ion Week”.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, in Cape Town, will fea­ture 21 en­sem­bles from 21 de­sign­ers, span­ning dif­fer­ent styles, mul­ti­ple col­lec­tions and var­i­ous sea­sons show­cas­ing a mi­cro­his­tory of lo­cal fash­ion. The ex­hi­bi­tion fol­lows the story of the first fash­ion week launched in Africa, South African Fash­ion Week (SAFW), founded by Lu­cilla Booyzen in 1997. Vis­i­tors will get an in­ti­mate look of the works of pop­u­lar fash­ion de­sign­ers such as Black Cof­fee, Ephy­mol, House of Ole, Mantsho by Palesa Mokubung, Mar­i­anne Fassler, Naked Ape, Rich Mnisi, Clive Run­dle, Amanda Laird Cherry and Lox­ion Kulca, along­side young de­sign­ers like Sindiso Khu­malo, Thebe Magugu and Selfi.

This pre­sen­ta­tion of the ex­hi­bi­tion is or­gan­ised by Erica de Greef, se­nior cu­ra­tor at Zeitz Mocca, as­sisted by Le­siba Mabit­sela and Githan Coopoo.

Ephy­mol com­mented: “It’s the big­gest achieve­ment to be recog­nised at that level ... given our his­tory where we didn’t have op­por­tu­ni­ties like this.” De Greef com­mented: “Much like art, fash­ion has the ca­pac­ity to re­flect the broader po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural, tech­no­log­i­cal and cre­ative trans­for­ma­tion in post-apartheid South Africa.”

From Novem­ber 14 to Jan­uary 7 2019, the ex­hi­bi­tion will oc­cupy two gallery spa­ces of the mu­seum.

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