Adored for her beauty and class, Mam’ Winnie set trends without trying. Some of her best garments include the various outfits she changed into during her 80th birthday celebrations.
In her ANC regalia she was the epitome of style. Designer Ephraim Molingoana of Ephymol had a close relationship with the Struggle icon and said she had extraordinary style. He designed garments for the Mandela clan through the years.
“I had a good relationship with her. There was a time while she was with me, she called her stylist Nandipha and told her she would find her with me, because I was designing new clothes for her.
“She was joking around, saying Nandipha was making boring things for her,” he laughed, remembering Madikizela-Mandela’s free spirit.
“She was always full of jokes. She had amazing sense of style. From her robes to her jewels and her pearls. She loved her pearls. Her robes were always on the flamboyant side.”
Molingoana said the next generation would never see the great styles of yesteryear that Mam’ Winnie wore with ease.
“I remember chatting to a friend of mine who was styling looks like Winnie and we had wanted her to do a runway show based on her style, but that did not happen. I have so much love and respect for the iconic fashion woman she was.”
Molingoana said Madikizela- Mandela also popularised the doek, wearing it unashamedly throughout the years.
“I really think we have lost a style icon, but she has fought her fight and it is up to us to take the baton and run with it.”
AUTHOR: The Star