Sindiso Khumalo ‘s award-winning Spring/Summer 2016 “Birds of Paradise” collection draws influence from the idea of birth, as well as the Venda and Zulu women of South Africa.
“I became fascinated with this idea of what we create and what we leave behind when we bring life into the world,” says the eponymously-named brand’s founder, whose latest work was inspired by her own pregnancy and the birth of her son. “Whilst working in my studio, white on white hand-prints began to represent the idea of memory, the life before the new life held within a print… Bright dynamic digital prints began to speak of a the new life that was created after birth.”
Consisting of handmade textile techniques such as flocking and foiling for a 3D look, “Birds of Paradise” crosses Khumalo’s geometric shapes with the traditional dress of South Africa’s Venda women and Zulu women’s beadwork. The collection sealed Khumalo’s win at Vogue Italia’s 2015 ‘Who is on Next?’ held in Dubai.
View more below and shop the London-based South African fashion label at the following locations: Merchants on Long (Cape Town), Biffi Boutique (Milan), Helme Boutique (Italy), and Styled by Africa (London).