Candlelight vigil for celebrity designer Quiteria Kekana

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Fashion designer Quiteria Kekana passed away at his home in Melville on Sunday. Photo: Drum
Fashion designer Quiteria Kekana passed away at his home in Melville on Sunday. Photo: Drum


Close family and friends of internationally acclaimed fashion designer Quiteria Kekana will gather for a candlelight vigil at his Melville studios on Wednesday night. The 38-year-old passed away at his home in Melville on Sunday, following a battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. He will be buried in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

A statement by the Kekana family read:

It is with profound regret and sadness that the Kekana family confirms the untimely passing of international fashion designer, son, father and brother Lebogang Quiteria Kekana after a short battle with cancer. Quiteria leaves behind his son, his beloved parents, siblings, family and his puppy. The family humbly requests privacy as they process the news. We ask that you please keep us in your prayers.

Kekana and his partner George Malelu broke into fashion in 2014 when they introduced their bespoke luxury garments on the red carpet by dressing stars such as rapper Boity Thulo, actress-turned-businessperson Dineo Langa, actress Zinhle Mabena and radio host Thando Thabethe.

The pair hit the big time when their line Quiteria and George was selected to design a dress for megastar Beyoncé Knowles for her last performance at the Global Citizen concert in 2018.

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Following the pair’s split in 2019, Kekana went on to open his own line, Quiteria Atelier, where he continued working with stars for their red carpet looks.

Kekana was diagnosed with cancer in 2021 and took time off from his design work to focus on healing. In an interview with True Love magazine at the time, he said his cancer affected his business.

“I had to get 28 tests done plus start going for chemotherapy. I’ve lost business and my employees and their families depend on me to help out,” he explained.

The designer partnered with various foundations to back cancer survivors in their healing process:

I partnered with the Brut and Blemished Foundation on a campaign called Stronger Than Cancer; the campaign seeks to raise awareness of cancer and will not only benefit me, but will also help other people who need financial support when it comes to fighting cancer.


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