Thebe Magugu explores Gender Studies

Thebe Magugu explores Gender Studies

Thebe Magugu

Naming each collection after university modules, Thebe Magugu uses garments as a storytelling device while offering social commentary. Thebe consistently looks to history and the present while being forward thinking in his approach. The designer’s previous collection, Home Economics AW18, addresses misogyny and the expectations placed on women. The collection was made for a woman who is aware of herself, her environment, and her relation to it. Before that, in Geology SS17, this woman was fed up with the day to day pressures of urban life and sought solace and refuge in the great outdoors.

For Gender Studies SS18, showcased at South African Fashion Week (SAFW) on Tuesday night, the LISOF alumnus explores and celebrates a woman who goes against the grain. And go against the grain she does! This women wears organdie blouses and chili red leatherette culottes with an oversized belt. She wears dramatically “high-waisted” pants – so high they are actually a jumpsuit – with thigh-high side slits.

Merging what is typically considered masculine and feminine clothing in the most elaborate manner, key ‘menswear’ pieces are either reimagined and reconstructed as ‘womenswear’ (a skirt modeled after a man’s jacket) or given a feminine touch through the use of what society considers feminine colours (an oversized men’s trench coat in pink ostrich leather). This juxtaposition is also explored through the styling; a two-tone asymmetrical pleated skirt in red and blue, paired with a pink boxy windowpane cropped shirt.

The final look was a scuba top (with Oscar Wilde’s poem ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ printed on it) paired with a yellow pleated skirt and half a coat. Yes, half a coat. By his own admission, the half coat is gonna be a hard sell. Can you imagine wearing a coat that only covers one half of your body? Something that keeps you warm on one side and leaves you exposed on the other? Me neither! But I have no doubt the Thebe Magugu woman, the one who goes against the grain will definitely find a way to make it work!

Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu

 

Images: SDR Photo

9 Replies to “Thebe Magugu explores Gender Studies”

  1. This makes me wana go out and purchase pieces from the collection. Beautifully captured, even before the pictures, I could already imagimagine what it all looked like

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