New York's Metropolitan Museum acquires Thebe Magugu dress

24 March 2021 - 10:04 By S Mag
Thebe Magugu's dress has been acquired by the prestigious Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it will be preserved as an example of 'outstanding contemporary design'.
Thebe Magugu's dress has been acquired by the prestigious Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it will be preserved as an example of 'outstanding contemporary design'.
Image: Thulani Mbele/Sunday Times

SA's Thebe Magugu is making strides on the global fashion scene and it doesn't seem like he's about to stop any time soon.

The award-winning designer announced on Instagram that one of his garments has been acquired by the prestigious Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York, where it'll be preserved “as an example of outstanding contemporary design”.

Yes, that's MET as in MET Gala, the famous annual event that's attended by the who's who in the fashion world, not to mention loads of A-list celebrities.

Called Girl Seeks Girl, the dress in question hails from Magugu's Autumn/Winter 2018 collection and was created in collaboration with Phathu Nembilwi, whose work is largely a celebration of women.

The outfit carries an illustration of two women leaning on each other, a motif which Magugu says is particularly relevant during this “difficult time in SA's current history” as it “signifies that women really need one another now more than ever because there is clearly a war that rages against them”.

This good news comes as a welcome break after the designer reported that the first-ever sample of his Sunday Best Boot, which features as part of his Autumn/Winter 2021 collection, was stolen during a robbery earlier this month.

This article is adapted from one originally published in the S Mag section of the SowetanLIVE website. Visit sowetanlive.co.za/s-mag for more lifestyle news.


subscribe