“Fashion to me is about much more than just clothing and looking good. It’s about telling a tangible story,” says Thabo Kopele, a 20-year-old designer from a small town in the Vaal Triangle, who recently launched his pre-fall range for men. The range was created following the launch of his spring/summer collection, The Duxberry.
“My pre-fall range was inspired by desire of wanting to be a clean, stylish and contemporary minimalist and to create a clean individual overall,” says Thabo whose new lookbook features model Siyabonga Zungu, and was styled by Prince Nhlapo and photographed by Ofentse Serobatse.
While studying at London International School of Fashion, Thabo says he understood the importance of telling a narrative through fashion. “When I got to college, [I] was taught how to conceptualise and interpret narratives from the past and how to analyse trends too.”
Unable to complete his fashion design qualification at Lisof, instead of feeling demotivated Thabo decided to do whatever he could to make his dream of becoming a fashion designer a reality.
“Growing up, I wasn’t always able to express myself a the way that I wanted to so fashion became my way of setting statements without saying a single word. I also believe that I was able to bring more of my personality forth through clothing.”