Tropical prints for flowing satin frocks. Multicoloured striped jumpsuits with delicate ruffle sleeves. Summer will definitely appreciate being greeted by womxn in the Sindiso Khumalo SS18 collection, Inanda.
Before completing her Masters in Design for Textile Futures, Sindiso Khumalo studied architecture at UCT and worked at offices of architect David Adjaye in London. Her background in architecture is an undercurrent that acts as a seam that ties together the inspiration she draws from her rich Zulu and Ndebele culture, as well as the Bauhaus and Memphis Movement.
Khumalo’s debut SS13 collection showcased at the the Elle Magazine Rising Star Competition in 2012 catapulted her talent into the fashion world’s eye. Stretching her production and design process between South Africa and the UK has not only allowed for a larger consumer base, but has also opened up the exponential growth of self-titled label.
“I believe fashion can become an empowering agent by creating a positive economic activities in otherwise marginalized parts of the world,” Sindiso expressed in an interview with JANET + GEORGE. Producing her textiles in a sustainable manner is a major factor in her design process. This includes working with NGOs in South Africa to develop sustainable textiles, making her label more than just about clothes.
Art direction and photography by Jonathan Kope
Art direction and styling by Gabrielle Kannemeyer
Hair and makeup by Suaad Jeppie
Model – Olivia Sang