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Last week sister and brother Tina and Laduma Ngxokolo – born and raised Kwa-Dwesi – showcased their spring summer ranges on the ramp at African Fashion International Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg.
Tina Ngxokolo, the older sister of Laduma Ngxokolo known for his MaXhosa by Laduma fashion line, is also making her mark in the fashion industry with this outing on the national style ramp.
“Because it was my debut fashion week collection, I explored with different textures and materials [for] this ladies’ line,” said Tina Ngxokolo adding that her designs were inspired by her Xhosa cultural background.
Tina and Ludumo’s interest in fashion design was sparked by their late mother’s own talent behind a sewing machine while they were still very young.
Tina, who while still at school had to depend on her fashion design output to take care of her younger siblings after the death of her mother, says most of her designs became popular by word of mouth.
“It basically started as dressmaking for my family members. I made one dress for the first person and the other one told the next.”
Modestly claiming that she had not really been featured in anything big, the 2010 regional winner of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer award said she considers last week’s MBFW her biggest break so far. She loves everything about the colourful range.
“I think it’s up to the public to decide what their favourite is. Everything I did, I did because I felt good about it,” said the mother of one.
The Ngxokolo siblings are all dedicated to making it big in the industry with their two younger siblings assisting with the public relations and admin departments of MaXhosa by Laduma.
Among several shining moments, Laduma was in the news earlier this year for having his “Bey-blessing” when Beyonce posted a picture of his exhibition on her website. Laduma’s designs have been exhibited in the Copper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, a museum exclusively dedicated to historic and contemporary design.