I came across Sindiso Khumalo’s S/S 13 collection on ChicTherapy Blog and fell in love with the collection. Looking at the brand, I appreciate the uniqueness and how they infuse African inspired graphics in each collection. I believe her architecture background inspires her collections.
Read more about the bio, designers interview with Elle and pictures below. Enjoy!
SINDISO KHUMALO is a ready to wear womenswear brand with a strong focus on contemporary textile design. The brand emcompasses bold graphic prints with a sophisticated minimalist construction. The concept behind SINDISO KHUMALO is based on how the fashion textiles industry can create new possibilities and future collaborations in the global fashion environment. “Our vision is to create a contemporary, modern, textile aesthetic that showcases both the craftsmanship and pushes new ground into future technologies within the textile environment.”
Sindiso Khumalo is a womenswear textile designer who lives and works in Hackney, East London. She studied Architecture at University of Cape Town before moving to London to work for award winning architect David Adjaye. Following that she went on to study an MA Design for Textile Futures at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, graduating with a distinction for her final project. In October 2012 she was shortlisted for the Elle Magazine Rising Star Competition and showcased her debut SS13 collection at the Awards. In February 2013, her Aretha Dress was was nominated for “ Most Beautiful Object in South Africa” by the Design Indaba Cape Town. She works with NGO’s in various parts of the world in developing new textiles for her collections.
” I believe fashion can become an empowering agent by creating a positive economic activities in otherwise marginalized parts of the world. “
The designer spoke to Elle SA about her passion for fashion and more.
When did you know that fashion design was what you wanted to do?
I’ve always been very passionate about fashion and have been making clothes since I was 14. I think the first time I felt that I wanted to be a fashion designer was when I saw the clothes that Hussein Chalayan and Comme des Garçons were making in the late ’90s. There was a conceptual rigour to their work that really drew me into the industry.
Tell us one thing we need to know about you as a designer?
I’m all about print, print and more print
How did you feel when you heard that you are one of the finalists?
It was a feeling of disbelief and excitement rolled into one. I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have been selected for the final eight.
What do you think differentiates your collection from the others’?
I’m a textile designer and all my prints are designed and tailored to each garment. It’s all very bespoke.
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Sindiso Khumalo Spring/Summer 2013 Collection
Image Credit: Chic Therapy