By Nokuthula Msimango and Gaby Ndongo
Creative mixtures of both African and European clothing made an alluring scenery in this year’s UJ International Festival. Various blends of cultural apparel were well incorporated into contemporary dress codes.
African print was at the centre of it all. Participants used it for their cultural attires: African printed tops with European designs alongside high-waisted jeans and headwraps. Other cladded tailored-fit trousers, not forgetting the unseasonable two-pieces.
The trend, to some people, is from wanting to express the African creed of unity. The use of similar patterns and vibrant colours was to unify an otherwise diverse group of people.
Some students commented that they enjoy wearing pieces of their traditional wear as part of their everyday looks. “For me, it’s a norm really; I’m always in headwraps and bracelets. I think it’s just celebrating being a woman in Africa and its just colourful and bright, you know. It makes the outfit pop,” said a UJ student, Jennifer Sehlabo. TOJ
UJ 16th International Festival look book
Reporting by Nokuthula Msimango and Gaby Ndongo; Editing by Ntozanele Libimbi and Kupakwashe Kambasha
Image courtesy to Devon van de Venter and Conrad Mmotsa