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PFW: THEBE MAGUGU Fall Winter 2021.22 Collection

With FW21 Collection, Thebe Magugu explores African Spirituality

Thebe Magugu
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora

South African fashion brand THEBE MAGUGU presented their Fall Winter 2021.22 The Alchemy Collection, that focuses on African Spirituality and explores an idea of modernity through the indigenous. The collection was inspired by people’s relationship with their ancestors, as well as with the traditional healers and their powers, and it asks the question what comes next.

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As many of us know, African Spirituality – which is exceptional in its plurality – is primarily based on the relationship we have with our ancestors, and any disruption between this line results in existential thoughts, and sometimes serious illness. This season, I wanted to have a conversation with traditional healers, who have divinely been given powers to answer our most burning questions, and who act as a conduit between various realms, often by using objects of divination. It’s a very particular kind of strength, one that doesn’t show-off and relies heavily on the natural – Thebe Magugu

Thebe Magugu
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Thebe Magugu
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Thebe Magugu
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora

Film maker Kristin-Lee Moolman directed a fashion film titled BANYOLOYI A BOSIGO (Ultimate Midnite Angels) presented during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week. The film tells a story of love between two members of rivalling tribes. It was inspired by 70’s Japanese Pink Films, Toshiya Fujita’s Lady Snowblood, Once Upon a Time in the West by Sergio Leone, the work of Kenneth Anger and the attitude of Nollywood films.

Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora

I like the idea of creating heroes and mythologies around South African women of all race, and of all sexualities – an intersectional view of Africa. In the same way the westerns romanticised and reclaimed that period of American history, we too must form our own narratives and realities outside of ‘perpetual victimhood’ – Kristin-Lee Moolman

Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora

I want female characters to have their own agency and can be heroes or anti heros without having to conform to the cinematic trope of women having to go experience major trauma to be allowed to be the same level of ‘badass’ as their male character counterparts. – Chloe Andrea

Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora
Womenswear
©THEBE MAGUGU, Photography by Tatenda Chidora

Film Credits:
Written and Directed by: Kristin Lee Moolman
Produced by: Lampost Productions
Executive Producer: Jodie Ennik
Director of Photography: Kristin Lee Moolman
Art Director, Set & Costume: Chloe Andrea
Editor: Kristin Lee Moolman
Lookbook Stills: Tatenda Chidora
Graphics + Layout: Commission Studio
Make Up Head: Annice Roux
Special Effects Make Ups: Jurine Erwee
Hair Department Head: Khomotso Moloto
Casting: Melissa Voges
Fight coordinator: Ryan
Sound Recordist: Tara Senior
Gagger: Tatenda Chidora
Best Boy: Talente Khomo
Lead Cast  Sio – Jade Fox; Phumla – Lady Whirlwind; Amy Zama – Big Boss Untouchable; Ponahalo Mojapelo – Mouse
Supporting Cast Tamara Moeng, Vanessa Mojapelo, Tracy Mokgopo, Tumi Ntsewa, Siphelele Veti, Beatrice Asi Kuwornu, Sfiso Mkhabela, Junior Malebese, Prince Ubamara
Special thank you to: Temi Ofong, Paul Diamond, Tebogo Magoshoa

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