Globally in as far as fashion is concerned, the 1960’s is an era that is most notably known for its fashion sense.
Most fashion designers in the contemporary era still make references to the 60’s boldness of colour and glam culture. Haute couture and bespoke apparel it seems, was the order of the day.
Many of us still borrow our mothers blouses and pint skirts. We still borrow their dresses from that era because the 60’s was a cut from a different cloth.
In our South African context, the same era resonates with Kofifi and Sophia town being the epicenter for black expression. At the height of oppression in our country the era called for boldness which could not be silenced, not even by the Pass-Laws. This is the era where the low and the high collided, when indignity forced dignity to make a bold appearance. Like they say ” dress the part in order for people to take you seriously “. It was on that day that women of South Africa, adorned in bespoke dresses and all defined their resilience, refusing to be treated any less than the honor they deserve. They demanded dignity for humanity.
As they say, dressing well is a sign of good manners. It is therefore not a mistake if we draw dignity out of elegance and honor from glamour. It is without wonder that 20 000 women fearlessly marched to the union buildings for dignity’s sake.
These mbokodo’s played a significant role in inspiring a new generation of South African women warriors. Without their determination and courage, their march for women’s rights could have been mistaken for a fashion parade. Their graceful protest was truly acknowledged though, by the now collapsed inhumane regime.
As we honour our stalwarts and heroines this Fashion Friday, we don’t only honour their brave and boldness but we highlight their ability and will to do it all in dignity, style and elegance.