A fusion of fashion

By Shanaaz Prince
Pic by Kim Van Beek

 

According to the show’s managing director, Vuyokazi Mnyengza, the idea of the fashion show originally came about as an entrepreneurial experiment in an effort to showcase the talents of various local designers in and around Grahamstown. “We are basically aiming to test the waters out there and to see how the people in Grahamstown will respond to the event,” said Mnyengeza.

The concept of the show encapsulates a fusion of body and mind through its use of fashion, art and performance. ‘A breeding ground for creative freedom’ was set as the logo of the show which is split into two main parts.

The opening scene of the show, directed by head choreographer Fundile Paqa, and known as Explosion, was an exploratory piece into the explosive sexuality of females through the use of dress and body language. “I essentially wanted the piece to represent the explosive power of women through exploring their sexuality and provocative abilities, the piece in itself is meant to be like an explosion to the audience senses,” explained Paqa.

Saint-Francis Tohlang, the creative, programme and artistic director, was responsible for the second part of the show known as Empty Canvas, an expressive piece which looks at the body as an empty canvas and clothing as the paint, making a statement through how it expresses individuality.

“We’re trying to fuse different looks and feels in order to bring about the expression of urban spaces, with our key looks being that of Urban Fusion and Afro-politan chic. [This] basically incorporates clothing with an ethnic feel while still maintaining a cosmo vibe,” said Tohlang.

Mneyengza and Tohlang, who started the idea of the fashion show, aimed to illustrate a whole new stance in fashion through their use of performance throughout the show. “We want to tell a story through the medium of fashion with performance being that important story,” elaborated Tohlang.

Other role-players in the show included creative director of décor and models, Celeste Kriel and financial director, Sabelo Ntuli. Modelling were various male and female students, portraying a sense of diversity and the concept of the show as a whole.

Urban Fusion was sponsored by numerous stores and sponsors within Grahamstown, including Edgars, Pearl Reef, Markhams, KWV and Birches, as well as TBY Designers from King Williams Town. Individual designers included Arnels, who will be designing the evening-wear show-stopper, as well as Mneyengza who is also responsible for designs within the show.

Mneyengza and Tohlang are hoping to use the responses received from audiences as a foreground for fashion shows in the future and also plan to one day launch an image consultancy company through this notion of fashion shows.

“We want to use this show as a learning curve. Our ultimate goal is to try and stage something for the National Arts Festival, ultimately to attract people and make them come back for more,” stated an optimistic Mneyengza.

The show was self-funded, with 20 percent of all proceeds going towards charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.
 

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.
Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.
 

 

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.
Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.
 

 

Excitement levels were running high last week as Grahamstown grew closer to its first ever fashion show: Urban Fusion.
 

 

 

 

According to the show’s managing director, Vuyokazi Mnyengza, the idea of the fashion show originally came about as an entrepreneurial experiment in an effort to showcase the talents of various local designers in and around Grahamstown. “We are basically aiming to test the waters out there and to see how the people in Grahamstown will respond to the event,” said Mnyengeza.

The concept of the show encapsulates a fusion of body and mind through its use of fashion, art and performance. ‘A breeding ground for creative freedom’ was set as the logo of the show which is split into two main parts.

The opening scene of the show, directed by head choreographer Fundile Paqa, and known as Explosion, was an exploratory piece into the explosive sexuality of females through the use of dress and body language. “I essentially wanted the piece to represent the explosive power of women through exploring their sexuality and provocative abilities, the piece in itself is meant to be like an explosion to the audience senses,” explained Paqa.

Saint-Francis Tohlang, the creative, programme and artistic director, was responsible for the second part of the show known as Empty Canvas, an expressive piece which looks at the body as an empty canvas and clothing as the paint, making a statement through how it expresses individuality.

“We’re trying to fuse different looks and feels in order to bring about the expression of urban spaces, with our key looks being that of Urban Fusion and Afro-politan chic. [This] basically incorporates clothing with an ethnic feel while still maintaining a cosmo vibe,” said Tohlang.

Mneyengza and Tohlang, who started the idea of the fashion show, aimed to illustrate a whole new stance in fashion through their use of performance throughout the show. “We want to tell a story through the medium of fashion with performance being that important story,” elaborated Tohlang.

Other role-players in the show included creative director of décor and models, Celeste Kriel and financial director, Sabelo Ntuli. Modelling were various male and female students, portraying a sense of diversity and the concept of the show as a whole.

Urban Fusion was sponsored by numerous stores and sponsors within Grahamstown, including Edgars, Pearl Reef, Markhams, KWV and Birches, as well as TBY Designers from King Williams Town. Individual designers included Arnels, who will be designing the evening-wear show-stopper, as well as Mneyengza who is also responsible for designs within the show.

Mneyengza and Tohlang are hoping to use the responses received from audiences as a foreground for fashion shows in the future and also plan to one day launch an image consultancy company through this notion of fashion shows.

“We want to use this show as a learning curve. Our ultimate goal is to try and stage something for the National Arts Festival, ultimately to attract people and make them come back for more,” stated an optimistic Mneyengza.

The show was self-funded, with 20 percent of all proceeds going towards charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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