Laduma Ngxokolo, renowned fashion designer and founder of sought-after knitwear brand MaXhosa, continues to transcend boundaries, both locally and beyond our shores. He’s been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to provide a piece for its exhibition Is Fashion Modern?
Ngxokolo took to Instagram to announce the news. Other international brands that will feature include Levi’s 501 jeans, Converse All Stars and Nike.
“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 1800s in Ireland, among 100 fashion pieces,” Ngxokolo wrote.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 1 October and will run until the end of January 2018, according to Ngxokolo.
“It showcases 101 fashion items that have had a strong impact in history and society in the 20th and 21st centuries,” he added. “It explores the past, present and future of fashion.” Ngxokolo commended fellow South African and international artists Andile Buka, The Sartists and Loza Maléombho for also being selected to form part of the exhibition.
MaXhosa was born out of the designer’s “desire to explore knitwear design solutions that would be suitable for the traditional dress of the amakrwala [Xhosa initiates]”. Since 2011, he’s gone on to garner international acclaim in fashion capitals such as London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Berlin and New York.