We recently spoke to designer and all-round aesthetician Thebe Magugu on his last two collections and the resulting editorial titled ‘Figures of Fortitude’ shot by Aart Verrips.
For the past two collections – Gender Studies SS18 and Home Economics AW18 – we explored the condition of the female force in South Africa. We are constantly surrounded by women, and on a personal level, the trait I have always found most admirable is their powerful ability to possess both Strength and Vulnerability; traits I feel blessed to be exposed to with the matriarchal figures who raised me and traits which are monumental in anyone hoping contribute positively to the bigger human condition.
For this lookbook, photographed by Aart Verrips and shot on sculpted scarecrows [a symbol of Strength and Vulnerability], the two collections come together to form a personal short story: an ode to women. In some of the images, you will see a raging fire taking place; a crop burning we found quite poetic.Some coats are functional, some are torn in half. I also wanted to create a dialogue about how beauty operates on a very subjective spectrum, which doesn’t have a wrong or right side.
Designer: Thebe Magugu
Images by: Aart Verrips