THE DESIGNER WON THE INDEPENDENT DESIGNER AWARD AND DEDICATED IT TO THE ARTISANS SHE PARTNERS WITH.
This weekend gave us lots to celebrate!
The Green Carpet Awards went on this year in an adapted digital format and gave out just five awards including one for Zendaya. The North Star Award went to the UN for its Sustainable Development Goals and the U.N. Alliance for Sustainable Fashion. Sindiso Khumalo won the Independent Designer Award.
We’ve long admired this South African designer for her commitment to ethical design. Hear all about it on the podcast - episode # 61.
Khumalo dedicated her award to the artisans she works with in Burkina Faso. She also said in her acceptance speech: “I started my brand with the premise of being a modern-day Robin Hood, to make luxury clothing that will eventually help the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, to create a change for our continent and to create a new future for our youth." You can watch her entire eloquent acceptance speech here.
Image via SindisoKhumalo.com
Khumalo studied textile design at St Martins, and centres craft and heritage in her practice. She aims to create modern sustainable textiles with a strong emphasis on African storytelling. Since she started her brand five years ago, her colourful prints, gigot sleeves and love of a ruffle have won her a loyal following and caught the attention of fashion’s biggest decision makers. She was a finalist in this year’s prestigious LVHM Prize, and when the event was cancelled in June, named joint-winner with the other seven.
Image of the awards venue via Eco Age
This year’s GCFA event was introduced by Robert Downey Jr. but Milan’s La Scala opera house venue was empty but for founder Livia Firth and some crew - COVID is disrupting everything. The bright side? Everyone was invited digitally, encouraged to dress up at home in their best sustainable duds.
Want to catch up on the festivities? You’re in luck. The entire event is streaming on YouTube.
By Claire Kalikman.