11. Aretha Dress by Sindiso Khumalo: This dress was showcased at the 2012 ELLE Magazine Rising Star Awards, for which Sindiso Khumalo was selected as a finalist. Named after legendary performer Aretha Franklin, the dress is made from digitally printed 100% silk chiffon. The print is designed with an understanding of where each element of the print will fall on the body. It was designed for Khumalo’s first collection, for Spring/Summer 2013. Khumalo studied architecture at UCT before moving to London to work for award-winning architect David Adjaye. Following that she went on to study an MA in Textiles at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, graduating with a distinction for her final project. Describing her aesthetic as “Afro Bauhaus gone Pop”, she brings a heightened sense of colour and a collision of geometric prints into a luxury womenswear brand.
Nominated by Robynne Kahn, fashion director and founder of afashionfriend.co.za.
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