Thebe Magugu Studies African Culture

Thebe Magugu Studies African Culture

Recently shortlisted as one of the 2019 LVMH Prize Top 8 Finalists, Thebe Magugu showcased at South African Fashion Week (SAFW) on Wednesday, 3 April 2019. The showcase was part of his continued collaboration with Woolworths under the StyleBySA capsule collection.

Consistent not just with his craft, the 26-year-old continues with the theme of naming his collections after university subjects and offering sociopolitical commentary through clothing. The narratives behind all of the collections add to their richness. The latest offering is titled African Studies and it “is an introspective collection inspired by motifs and references from my own culture, with visual cues I picked up growing up, revised and reworked.”

One of the standout items is a safari-inspired red suit with exposed shoulders, a detached collar and drawstrings you wouldn’t typically expect on such a sophisticated piece of clothing. The Red Off-Shoulder Safari Suit is testament to the young designer’s lateral approach to concepts and inspiration.

The Girl-Seeks-Girl Scuba Dress made a fresh return with a new colourway and updated illustration as Thebe enlists Phathu Nembilwi‘s vibrant illustrations once again.

Not one to shy away from juxtapositions, everything from the red floral puffer coat to the tartan mini dress with leg of mutton sleeves, or the skirt with both horizontal and vertical pleats, the garments are not only textured and layered, but they are also enriched with intricate details. Deconstructing silhouettes is one of the many ways in which Thebe complicates clothing staples giving them a contemporary edge.

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