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@marg_yo Mona: For Colour selection the main influence came from two elements that were in sync. I gravitated towards the colours of the flag because they are all found in the traditional clothing worn by the women of my Tribe (The Ndebele of Southern Africa). The Ndebele people are well known for their bold and colourful geometric designs which they use on the walls of their homes. In recent years those designs have been printed on fabric n portrayed on beaded accessories. As a way to stick to the brief, I chose to use fabric with these distinctive prints to showcase my tribe and my heritage.

Even though my first attempt was elaborate bespoke pieces looking at past work by the sponsors (Global Mamas) I decided to tweak my designs so that they had the same tone. I was also trying to create pieces that could be used together. I wanted to make pieces that can be dressed up or down by adding or removing layers as a way of adding value to the collection. I hoped the dress worn by Julia Kengamu and the top dress worn by Stephanie Macauley would indicate this point. It was my intention to show that clothes don’t necessarily have to be elaborate or AvantGarde to have an impact. Sometimes it is all about the styling.

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