Bespook design: Thebe Magugu invokes apartheid spies at Paris Fashion Week
The trailblazer takes his cue from SA’s storied past. Here’s the lowdown on Counter Intelligence
As one of the leading designers in the SA fashion industry, Thebe Magugu has earned a reputation for being the foremost trailblazer when it comes to capturing the essence of local fashion.
This was no exception at his spring/summer 2021 Paris Fashion Week show, which was shown on YouTube. Titled Counter Intelligence, the fashion film was directed by noted fashion photographer Kristin Lee Moolman and styled by fashion editor at large from ID magazine, Ibrahim Kamara. It followed a group of female spies in the latest Magugu threads.
The short film was inspired by a series of interviews with apartheid-era spies who worked for and against the regime, “with a special contribution from Jonathan Ancer, author of Betrayal: The Secret Lives of Apartheid Spies. He read an excerpt on Magugu’s official page...