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Former NC pupil wins International Fashion Showcase

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Thebe Magugu was born and raised in Kimberley and matriculated at St Patrick’s College.

Thebe Magugu receiving his award. Picture: Twitter

A FORMER Kimberley pupil and now a budding South African designer, Thebe Magugu has been crowned the winner of the International Fashion Showcase (IFS) 2019 at the London Fashion Week.

Magugu was born and raised in Kimberley and matriculated at St Patrick’s College before studying Fashion and Apparel Design at Lisof Fashion School in Johannesburg.

The IFS describes Magugu as “a contemporary South African fashion brand primarily operating within the field of women’s ready to wear, while having a firm footing in accessories and small multidisciplinary projects”.

“Adhering to his values of quality, novelty and culture, he is constantly seeking new ways of presenting women with clothing that both complies with and enhances the everyday.”

Magugu is inspired by the women who played important roles in his life.

At this week’s IFS, Magugu, whose presentation combined motifs from Africa’s past with a forward-looking, global approach, was awarded the honour from a judging panel that called him “a leader of his generation”.

This year’s project saw 16 creatives from across the globe given the chance to represent their respective countries via a series of immersive installations showcasing their menswear and womenswear collections and exploring the issues of politics, sustainability, identity and heritage.

In an Instagram post sharing the news of his win with his followers, Magugu said he was “overwhelmed by emotions and gratitude,” adding: “Fashion is such a powerful, intelligent medium and I hope we use this tool to our advantage.”

– Staff Writer