Madiba and the fashionista

2013-12-08 06:00

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Designer Marianne Fassler tells Charl Blignaut how Mandela smiled when he saw his image on her clothes – and how he influenced global fashion trends

By 1976 Marianne Fassler was so outraged by the violence that greeted the Soweto Uprising that she did not hesitate to use the catwalk to make a political statement. She staged a controversial show using only black models. It’s something international couturiers would only emulate decades later – like her famous use of leopard-print fabric. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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