A local designer is still full after Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane decorated one of his designer dresses for her return home.
Agrippa Zwane’s career in fashion started early, despite his parents being skeptical about his career choice.
He received his degree in fashion design from Tshwane University of Technology and then started his own fashion label, House of Agrie Couture†
In 2020, he designed and created an artistic dress that was individually beaded over the course of nine months, which changed his career forever.
The designer never imagined that his creation would be worn by lalela two years later.
Miss SA even took to social media to post a picture of herself wearing the dress Instagramtag the Mamelodi designer.
Lalela captioned her post: “If I’ve ever seen magic it was in Africa”.
The young designer said the election queen even called him to meet and they had their picture taken together.
Lalela’s representative said the beaded garment was beautiful and the colors represented the South African flag well.
“It really is a reflection of real African craftsmanship,” they said.
Zwane is still speechless about his moment in the spotlight.
“I met Miss South Africa and she was such a beautiful and peaceful soul. She complimented me and told me my work was beautiful and neat. I was like wow, is this really happening?”
He added that this experience has humbled him as the fashion industry has taken a beating since the Covid-19 pandemic, and that the exposure also gave him the chance to dress up actors for a wedding scene in one of South Africa. Africa’s most popular telenovelas.
“This performance really gave me hope. People contact me and want my services because I also specialize in men’s suits, wedding dresses and evening dresses,” he said.
Zwane added that other fashion designers have advised him not to sell his clothes for anything under 100,000 euros.
The designer has also dressed the youngest MP, Naledi Chirwa, and media personality Refilwe Modiselle.
Curated by Sandisiwe Mbhele†