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The collection is constructed in flat classic silhouettes, the knitted surface designs of the textiles are adorned in MAXHOSA signature patterns, which dominate the looks. With this collection, I aim to express the beauty in culture exchange of the dress codes of western and Xhosa dress-code. All the looks are sketched with an ultimate objective of constructing an innovative utopian African feel, that will outlive the time span of the collection.

The envisioned outcome of the collection is to use a positive approach to appropriation, dominate classic knitwear appeal, with a distinctive modern Xhosa aesthetic, to make a bold and sophisticated cultural meets modern statement.

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The Mtanom’gquba collection celebrates dark skin tones in contrast with bright hues to elevate the appreciation of colour diversity. The collection captures the beauty of being truly African and proud in a modern context that seeks an eternal way of communicating culture through fashion.

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Men's A/W 2014

Buyel'mbo is a Xhosa phrase often uttered by Xhosa elders when they reminisce about the nostalgic lifestyle in the Xhosa homelands. A world where traditional values where the orders of the day, native never had to seek employment and dress code was more elaborate. The collection explores and imagines how the buyele'mbo ideology could be fused into modern time dress. The objective is to remind modern inhabitants how magnificent traditional Xhosa aesthetics could be cultivated into modern dress, and still be astonishing.

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'My Heritage My Inheritance'

AW 2013

"My late mother's dream as a knitwear designer in the 80s was to travel to Paris to see high-end fashion. Unfortunately circumstances denied her the opportunity to make her dream a reality. In 2013, twelve years after her passing, I had the privilege of being invited by the Labo Ethnik Fashion Week in Paris to showcase my 2013 knitwear collection themed: "My Heritage, My Inheritance" which I specifically dedicated to her: Lindelwa Ngxokolo.

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Men A/W 2012

"In 2010 I went on a journey to find knitwear design solutions for Xhosa initiates. My vision was to create a modern Xhosa-inspired knitwear collection that would be suitable for Xhosa initiates, who are prescribed by tradition to dress up in new dignified formal clothing for six months after initiation. As a person who has undergone that journey, I felt that I had to develop knitwear that carries my Xhosa heritage aesthetics. Along my journey I discovered a collection of traditional Xhosa beadwork with astonishing patterns and colours which I interpret into knitwear with a modern twist.

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