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Watch Thebe Magugu and Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli Gloriously Transform Each Other's Work

When South African fashion prodigy Thebe Magugu first unveiled The answer came from a case in Rome containing a Valentino couture by Pierpaolo Piccioli, which he immediately recognized as a dress worn by Tracee Ellis Ross 84 Emmys. This is Piccioli’s choice of costume and Magugu will be in charge of reimagining it as a second Chapter Vogue’s Dress Up Project (see last September’s issue for ideas from Tomo Koizumi and Maison Margiela’s John Galliano): Two designers transforming through their own alchemy Works of other creators. For Piccioli, the project has a special resonance. “I like the idea of ​​reinterpretation,” he explained, “but I prefer the idea of ​​creating a moment between two identities, two cultures — a dialogue that creates a new energy.”

at Magugu’s Johannesburg studio, talking from Piccioli’s blooming fuchsia ball gown The miracle began, and it was soon revealed that it was supported by a thin net and a sturdy bottom skirt, which burst into a fluffy ruffle over the bodice and delicately pleated into a slender waist. No wonder Rose later declared her appearance to be “what you call a fashion moment…I’ve never felt prettier in my life.”

Magugu’s first instinct was to try on the dress, “I regretted it right away – this A very harsh reminder that I’m not a mock-up anymore,” he joked. Putting it on a cutting table and then wearing it on a mannequin, Magugu “was really drawn to its beauty. I can take a few lessons from Pierpaolo’s career and work: his dedication and celebration of women; and family Thoughts – me too. When I go back home in Kimberley (his hometown in South Africa) and interact with my mum, uncle, auntie, I always feel refreshed and refreshed because in so many ways it’s My work provides motivation. Pierpaolo’s work is full of joy and freedom, something we need now more than ever.”

This opportunity to see a haute couture garment up close also helped him understand and appreciate for the first time “the level of work and craftsmanship in it – it Truly a work of art.”

Still, he wanted to fit this masterpiece “into my background and my way of working” — to transform this very special piece into something that a lot of people can wear and see themselves in.” As Magugu puts it, that would involve “fundamentally deconstructing the dress and re-stitching it, almost like Frankenstein. Same, from my universe into a very advanced trench coat.”

Meanwhile, in Rome, Piccioli and his team opened Magugu’s almond green trouser suit. “I saw the colors and patterns of the fabrics,” recalls Piccioli, “but the thing that affected me the most was this letter Thebe sent me. He said some very moving things: He was from Soto [ethnic group], and “Blankets are an important part of our culture.” These boldly patterned blankets are imitated as jacquard fabrics in Magugu suits and are used as capes for important ceremonies and coming-of-age ceremonies, from birth and marriage to the coronation of kings. “I think Thebe has something to say,” Piccioli said. “He’s trying to bring his legacy into today’s world.”

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“As I was growing up, I was frustrated because in South Africa I was outside the fashion world,” Magugu said, “but as I got older I started to really appreciate everything around me.” Today, he explains, “the culture and geography The environment is almost the backbone of my brand. I’m a storyteller – I use clothes to share my own thoughts, my own history and my Soto heritage – to preserve certain stories that may be forgotten. I really wouldn’t enjoy what I’m doing if it wasn’t for the opportunity to tell me who I am and teach people where I’m from.”

Piccioli’s experience was no different. “I grew up in a small place near Rome – not the center of the world,” he said. “That’s probably why I still dream about fashion—because as a kid, I felt like everything was so far away from me. Today, I want to be that dreaming kid; I want to keep that idea of ​​the enchanted eye.”