Thebe Magugu – From South Africa to the World

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Thebe Magugu. Credit: DR/LVMH Prize
Thebe Magugu. Credit: DR/LVMH Prize
From Paris Fashion Week to winning the 2019 LVMH fashion prize, South African designer, Thebe Magugu, is indeed putting African Fashion on the world map.

One of his brilliant designs – a faux ostrich coat, has already earned him an entry as one of the permanent collections in New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.

Magugu’s LVMH win made him the first African designer to win the prize since the award debuted in 2013. This victory propelled him to be a part of the Paris Fashion Week which held shortly and which afforded him the opportunity of showcasing his designs.

The young fashion designer from Kimberly, South Africa revels in combining elements of his hometown’s local and traditional wears to make ready to wear women’s apparels. His early influences were the colourful dresses his mother wore and that of the rest of his family when he was a kid. 

Young Magugu would then go on to pursue his passion to study fashion design and photography in Johannesburg.

In addition to his many awards, he was also declared the winner at London’s International Fashion Showcase in 2019.

Since the launch of his label in 2017, his beautiful designs have earned him laurels and recognition in the global stage as well as widespread acceptance evoking nostalgic feelings amongst Africans in diaspora.

His other design series and collections include Ipopeng Ext, Figures of Fortitude and Girl Seek Girl Dress in 2018.

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