Scalo Design's Sello Medupe denies claim he 'stole' the umembeso dress worn by former Miss SA Tamaryn Green

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Former Miss SA Tamaryn Green stunned in a gown that is now at the centre of a controversy.
Former Miss SA Tamaryn Green stunned in a gown that is now at the centre of a controversy.
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It is a dress that stole the show, and now two foremost SA designers are bandying accusations back and forth.

On Sunday, South Africans were in awe of Ze Nxumalo and Tamaryn Green's umembeso ceremony.

But the enthralling royal blue gown worn by the former Miss SA is a design Sello Medupe apparently stole from Bayanda Khathini Clothing, says Bayanda. 

Read more | Tamaryn Green shares photos of 'beautiful and blessed' umembeso ceremony 

On Monday, Sunday world reported that Bayanda said the dress was a copy of his design.

Social media users also have been debating the similarities in design between the dress by Sello and those previously worn by actresses Thuso Mbedu and Pearl Thusi, which were both designed by Bayanda. 

Bayanda posted and deleted a lawyer's letter addressed to fellow designer Sello Medupe online.

Sello has responded to the claims and is denying all the allegations by Bayanda, saying: "Medupe’s strength lies in delicate and detailed hand beading. Through many garments and collections, he has been able to create uniquely Scalo patterns on various fabrics.

"This is a talent the designer will continue to explore further in upcoming collections. Medupe takes great pride in, and stands by all the work he has produced to date," says a statement from Scalo designs." 

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