When Traditional Meets Modern

Go bright and daring while adding a splash of print and colour with African inspired fashion. This was the theme of my recent fashion photo shoot with my usual partner in fashion, makeup artist/student Mihlali Ndamase.

Who is to say that you can’t rock your traditional attire and make it look modern too? Tribal print fashion makes for great statement pieces and allows for culture and heritage to be a part of your wardrobe.

For our recent shoot we shot at an outdoor location which had a very rustic appeal where we were the splash of paint on the canvas dressed in our ethnic inspired garments, which were draping almost to the floor.

A pair of stylish heels was also the order of the day. Mine were black heels with a pointy toe and an open strap at the back, while Mihlali wore bright orange strappy platform heels.

Our African inspired tops were contrasted with our choice of denims which had a casual and neutral feel. Mihlali also wore her look with the favourite accessory of the moment, a choker.

From African, Indian to Asian almost all cultures have their traditional adornment of dressing. And most of the designs and patterns on the clothing are significant to the type of culture represented such as Ndebele prints.

African prints have left a mark on fashion, an example being the decorative cloth called Kente, a popular Ghanaian material, which was traditionally worn by kings of the Ashanti Kingdom in West Africa. Therefore be inspired and go out there and rock your traditional attire as best you can.

Clothing Credits: Print Tops from Majita Tailors in Randburg | Black Heels From ER Collection | Black Jeans from Zara | Photography by Themba Masondo

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  • Reply Carla April 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Loved the entire outfit on you! <3

    • Reply Eda April 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks hun

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