Meet rising fashion and textile designer, Sindiso Khumalo. She is a highly acclaimed creative who not only has her sights set on making her mark in the fashion industry but also changing the world through her work. But first, lets take a look at where it all began.
Born in Botswana and raised in Durban, the young Khumalo had no idea that her passion for the arts would take her overseas where she ended up living and working in the United Kingdom for a brief period. However, before venturing out internationally, Khumalo first studied architecture at the University of Cape Town of which after completing, moved to London to work alongside award winning Ghanaian architect, David Adjaye. It was then, that Khumalo realized her love for fashion and decided to pursue a master’s degree in ‘Design for Textile Future’ at the prestigious fashion school of Central Saint Martins in London.
Ever since completing her studies, Khumalo’s career has been progressing upwards having been shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star Competition’ run by Elle Magazine in 2012 where she debuted her S/S 13 collection. A little later down the line she found her ‘Aretha Dress’ nominated for ‘Most Beautiful Object in South Africa’ by Design Indaba. On top of that, she was an LVMH finalist. Khumalo has also gone onto work with some of the biggest names in the creative space including Beyonce where she contributed towards the beautiful fashion looks as seen in the music film, Black is King.
In addition to this, the innovative designer works with many different African organisations in developing new and sustainable textiles. With a passion for fashion and empowerment, Khumalo has also spoken at the United Nations about the importance of sustainability in establishing a healthy global fashion industry.