Meet the Design Futures Lab 2022 Creatives And Their Prototypes

The Design Future Lab 2022, hosted by partners Electric South, Twyg and Crossover Labs and supported by the British Council #SouthernAfricaArts selected 18 creatives, working in teams of 2, and supported the creation of XR prototypes to tell a story of sustainable fashion in South Africa. The 9 teams explored the creative potential of AR, VR and game engines across production and consumption, creating prototypes which they are presenting to the South African and UK markets to test the strength and validity of their concepts. 

All the prototypes created can be found here:

The following team(s) created a virtual reality prototype:

  • Masego Morgan, a Sustainable Fashion Advocate and Practitioner and Natalie Paneng, a Multi-Disciplinary Artist together created Worldrobe. 
  • Khumo Morojele, a Designer and Creative Director and Mbangiso Mabaso, a Game Developer created Baku. 

The following team(s) created an e-commerce platform prototype:

  • Sithandiwe Khumalo, a Fashion Designer and Ian Mangenga, an CEO & Founder at Digital Girl Africa developed Zola.

The following team(s) created a film prototype:

  • Holly Bell Beaton, a Writer and Designer and Oliver Hunter Pohorille, an 3D Designer developed All Is Precious.

The following team(s) created an augmented reality prototype:

  • Tamzyn Botha, an Visual Artist and Tinyiko Makwakwa, an Textile and Fibre Art Practitioner created Whoreduh.
  • Sihle Sogaula , a Researcher and Photographer and Siviwe James , a Conceptual Fashion Practitioner developed Chos’chosi.

  • Matthew Edwards , an Multi-Disciplinary Experimental Designer and Xzavier Zulu , an Art Director, Designer and Upcycler created One-of-one Sample.

  • Ntando Ngwenya, a Fashion Designer with Kym Fiala, an AR Creator, using AR,  developed The XV Algorthythm. 
  • Lesiba Mabitsela , an Inter-Disciplinary Artist and Ofentse Letebele (King Debs) , an Multimedia Designer created Botho.

The prototypes developed by the creatives comprise of a community wardrobe, a virtual reality metaverse ‘Wakanda’, a shopping experience and e-commerce platform. While some of the prototype’s developed acknowledge and raise awareness and education around fashion’s relationship to the elements of nature, to waste, and to upcycling and recycling as well as on the history behind cultures and garments.

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For more information on the creatives, visit:

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