Thebe Magugu on his designer swap project with Pierpaolo Piccioli



After his successful start with Adidas, South African designer Thebe Magugu has been working on a designer swap project with renowned Valentino designer Pierpaolo Piccioli.

The 28-year-old designer worked on Piccioli’s FW18 haute couture collection, while Italian fashion designer Magugus transformed a Basotho-inspired suit into a majestic, hand-stitched cashmere cape.

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The two designers worked together for the September issue of Vogue Magazine.

The existence shared the milestone on his Instagram account with a post captioned, “Over the past few weeks I’ve had the incredible honor of working with Pierpaolo Piccioli on a Vogue Designer Swap. He sent a look from his AW18 Haute Couture collection to our Johannesburg studios; a captivating off-the-shoulder silk taffeta dress with a pleated waist, worn by @traceeellisross.

“During my research, I understood that Pierpaolo was looking at women of the 18th century for this collection. This brought me to the question, who were the women of 18th century Africa? I thought of the strength and majesty of Queen Nandi Bhebhe (c. 1760 – 10 October 1827) – mother of the Zulus king,” he said.

Thebe said it broke his heart to cut up such a gorgeous dress by Piccioli. “It actually rained that day and I hoped I didn’t get struck by lightning.”

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Pierpoalo54, is an Italian fashion designer and creative director of Valentino for over a decade.

“We completely sorted out the dress, re-cut it using patterns I developed and transformed it from a whimsical dress into an elevated trench coat with voluminous sleeves. We hand-dyed all of the tulle on the garment in the classic PP pink and made it into wide-leg trousers and a blouse with a ruffle neck,” said the contemporary designer.

The Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton (LVMH) award winner said he created the hat from the supporting corset of Piccioli’s original dress.

“I designed a custom logo that fused our sorority emblem and Valentino’s classic crest and screen printed it onto the crown,” he concluded.

Pierpoalo Piccioli, Anna Wintour and Thebe Magugu. Image: Instagram/ @thebemagugu

Collaboration “Finding Beauty”.

Meanwhile, Thebe and Adidas had lunch in Johannesburg last weekend to celebrate their ‘Finding Beauty’ collaboration.

The event was attended by the likes of Mohale Motaung, Rich Mnisi – who worked with Adidas a few months ago – Boity and gomorah Actress Siphesihle Ndaba.

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