Popular local fashion design talent, Rich Mnisi keeps making international headlines following the showcase of his Mafamba Yexe collection at Portugal Fashion.
Mnisi, who recently debuted the collection in September at Milan Fashion Week explores “the vomiting creation god of Congo’s Bushongo mythology, the origins of Bumba”. Explaining the collection in more depth, Mnisi took to his brand’s Instagram saying:
“We are proud to introduce Rich Mnisi Mafamba Yexe S/S 22 debuted @cameramoda Milan Fashion Week. An empty universe is a lonely place – even for a god. In a continuation of his exploration of the origins of Bumba, the vomiting creation god of Congo’s Bushongo mythology, Rich Mnisi takes us on a journey of self-discovery in SS22.”
Speaking on the collection’s inspiration, Mnisi dissects the microscopic perspective of Bumba’s purge writing:
“This collection, Mafamba Yexe, finds its inspiration in a microscopic view of Bumba’s purge, made up of cells that, like so many others, split apart to multiply. Pain on the outside, pain on the inside, discomfort everywhere. From that discomfort, cells made echoes of their own likeness, and Bumba birthed the whole world. In every world, microscopic and universal, discomfort was the channel from loneliness to community. From strangeness to connection, to reflection and eventually, to self-discovery.”
As for how the inspiration then translated into the garments, Mnisi dived deeper into the different design elements involved in constructing the collection, saying:
“We return to vivd green, a grounding brand colour, meeting a fiery palette of yellows and reds across signature silhouettes. Abstract prints inspired by bacteria under a microscope creep across the body. Smooth and printed leathers lend lively tactility, while feathers offer a softer touch.”