Fashion’s rain queen: Trenery crowns royal-inspired entrant


Fashion’s rain queen: Trenery crowns royal-inspired entrant

Glorinah Khutso Mabaso’s ‘modern African luxury’ designs take centre stage at Trenery’s Print Design competition

Thango Ntwasa

The glamorous world of Top Billing may have opened doors to luxuries many could only dream of, but for interior designer Glorinah Khutso Mabaso it gave expression to her talent. So much so, she won first place in the Trenery Print Design Competition, which called for unique prints that would be featured in its collection.

With her distinct geometrical take on interiors and art, Mabaso has planted a foot in the world of fashion — a field she has often dreamt of dabbling in.

Fearing the pressure of going up against fashion designers, a competitive Mabaso entered 16 different designs, morphing the colour ways, while still keeping her theme. Mabaso’s winning collection, called Rain Maker, looked to the history of the first rain queen of the Balobedu tribe in Limpopo, attempting to reinterpret how she would look in the modern world. Likening it to the preparation many actors often take on when playing a role, Mabaso immersed herself in the history of the tribe and its throne...

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