Tlale’s trib­ute to Man­dela

MARK­ING CEN­TE­NARY: 100 MOD­ELS, 100 LOOKS

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY -

Sar­to­rial mas­ter­pieces rep­re­sent­ing the icon’s im­pact.

By Kaunda Sel­isho

To close last week’s Africa Fash­ion In­ter­na­tional week, de­signer David Tlale show­cased his big­gest col­lec­tion yet fea­tur­ing 100 mod­els and 100 looks. As the run­way show co­in­cided with the cen­te­nary of stug­gle icon and for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela, Tlale chose to com­mem­o­rate this once in a life­time oc­ca­sion with a ma­jor show. Apart from the an­nual fan­fare at the open­ing of par­lia­ment, fash­ion isn’t al­ways thought of in con­junc­tion with pol­i­tics and Tlale said this needed to change. “Peo­ple think pol­i­tics and fash­ion are de­tached, but my take is that pol­i­tics and fash­ion go hand-in-hand, whether it’s the po­lit­i­cal party’s uni­form or peo­ple go­ing to any or­gan­i­sa­tion’s meet­ing, they need cloth­ing and peo­ple never see cloth­ing as fash­ion,” he said.

He said that he would like to see peo­ple change their per­cep­tions about or­di­nary cloth­ing as this would help to re­mind them of the im­por­tance of the tex­tile in­dus­try, which he re­ferred to as “a huge eco­nomic force”.

Us­ing his ex­cep­tional skills, Tlale’s show drew from many as­pects of Madiba’s life to cre­ate sar­to­rial mas­ter­pieces wor­thy of Man­dela’s im­pact.

Tlale said he wanted to do his part to en­sure peo­ple cel­e­brated this mo­ment in time be­cause there might not be an­other cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion of such a hero for South Africans.

One of the as­pects of Madiba’s life that Tlale drew on was his de­sire to see young peo­ple’s lives changed for the bet­ter.

The cater­ing for the show was done by culi­nary stu­dents and as­pir­ing de­sign­ers, who were also given the op­por­tu­nity to as­sist back­stage to get some ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. The de­signer took the au­di­ence on a jour­ney, start­ing with the 27 years Madiba spent in prison and tran­si­tion­ing into the post-1994 era. Tlale also shared his thoughts on set de­sign in South Africa.

“The creative in­dus­try as a whole is still evolv­ing and set de­sign in South Africa hasn’t re­ally taken off as it has on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

“In terms of fash­ion, it’s all about the nar­ra­tive you want to share as a de­signer and what your cre­ation re­quires,” he ex­plained.

He said de­sign­ers com­pen­sated for this by putting a lot of thought into the spa­ces they chose to show­case their col­lec­tions.

He shared how ex­cited he was about the lo­ca­tion of his show at the aban­doned Carl­ton Cen­tre Sky Rink which has been trans­formed into a space called Sky Rink Stu­dios. The space was large enough to al­low him to in­ter­act with those at­tend­ing the show.

My take is that pol­i­tics and fash­ion go hand-in-hand

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