MP burns her wardrobe disaster

2015-02-08 15:00

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Former ANC MP Thandile Sunduza, whose tight canary-yellow frock placed her squarely in the firing line of the fashion police at the opening of Parliament last year, has burnt the offending garment.

“I couldn’t keep the devil in my wardrobe any longer,” she told City Press on Friday.

Sunduza (36) was joined by two friends in October when she set fire to the dress in an open field near her home in Wilgeheuwel, Roodepoort.

“It was fun. We laughed. I mean that dress was a flop and it was the designer’s fault,” she said.

Last year necklines plunged lower than political scruples on the red carpet outside Parliament.

Fashionistas heaped the most criticism on Sunduza, likening her dress to a banana riot, among other things.

Dubbed the “wardrobe disaster MP”, the ex-arts and culture portfolio committee chairperson collapsed at Joburg’s OR Tambo International a day after her fashion faux pas unleashed a storm of online vitriol.

Sunduza, who was seven and a half months pregnant at the time, was rushed to hospital.

She will not set foot on the red carpet outside Parliament again this week, because she did not crack the ANC’s MP list for 2015. On Thursday, Sunduza will watch the state of the nation address on TV from a couch inside her home dressed in an ANC T-shirt with her new baby girl, Musa.

“People must wear whatever they want, whatever they’re comfortable in,” is her advice.

But Malcolm Klûk of local fashion house KLûK CGDT, which has dressed stars like Beyoncé and Charlize Theron, has slightly different advice.

“It is not appropriate for anyone to compare the opening of Parliament to the ranks of ‘race day’ fashion. Sophistication and elegance is more appropriate for an event such as the opening of Parliament,” said Klûk.

Upcoming designer Hugo Flear of the fashion label Habits said politicians should avoid tight designs and satin.

“Political leaders should avoid styles that are too tight for their body proportions. You do not want to look like you were sewn into your dress. As soon as you feel uncomfortable, you will look it. Embrace colour, but don’t overdo too many shades in one dress,” Flear said.

“And stay away from satins. Seeing that it is mid-February, it’s still hot and most people have the tendency to perspire.”

Oppostion leader Helen Zille, for one, is opting for a plain gray gown.

Janine Schouw, who works as the premier’s stylist and wardrobe consultant, said Zille would wear a smart gray gown made by a retired factory worker.

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