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Maxhosa By Laduma Honoured At New York's Museum of Modern Art

Local knitwear designer is now front-and-centre at the world's important contemporary art gallery.

28/09/2017 13:37 SAST | Updated 10/10/2017 12:46 SAST
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One of Laduma's original designs.

South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo, founder of the Maxhosa brand, has been commissioned by New York City's Museum of Modern Art to create a unique jersey for their latest exhibition, due to open for the public next month.

According to the museum, Laduma was included in the Is Fashion Modern? exhibition – which features 111 objects from around the world – because of his design's "profound impact on the world over the last century".

Laduma was commissioned by the museum in particular to create a jersey inspired by the Aran jumper, a knitwear style that originated in western Ireland many generations ago, and has since been reproduced around the globe.

Got commissioned by @themuseumofmodernart to create a modern example of what I think the future holds for the prominent Aran knit that originated in the late 1800's, in Ireland, amongst 100 fashion pieces. This exhibition, titled 'Is Fashion Mordern' launched last night for press (officially opens 1st Oct. - end Jan. 2018 for public), it showcases 101 fashion items that have had a strong impact in history and society in the 20th and 21st century. It explores the past, present and future of fashion. Some of the pieces on exhibition are: Levi's 501 jeans, Converse All Stars, Chino, Bandana, Fur coat, Nike Airforce 1's, etc....... S/o to @thesartists, @buka_andile & @lozamaleombho for been chosen to be part of this exhibition too 🙌🏿 ________________________________________________________ Thank you so much to everyone who helped me construct this piece, it has been by far the most challenging piece I've ever done.

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The young knitwear designer, who was born in Nelson Mandela Bay, has found immense success around the world of late, appearing on runways at all the major fashion weeks, seeing stars such a Beyonce celebrating the designer's unique creations.

Xhosa beadwork inspired the first designs created by Ngxokolo, and has since come to inform his whole label, which is stocked in stores around the world.