Designer Rich Mnisi takes over Russia fashion week

File: South African young designer Rich Mnisi is showcasing his collection at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia. Photo: eNCA/Khumo Pulumo

JOHANNESBURG - Young designer Rich Mnisi introduced the “Africa Explosion” collection at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Russia at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow.

Mnisi is known for his opulent but extremely androgynous style of design on the runway.

His collection in Russia was a mix of contemporary pieces infused with bright colours and had an over-the-top hat as a signature finish.

The designer is close friends with the leading actor of Inxeba - The Wound Nakhane Toure and Black Coffees new prodigy Langa Mavuso.

Mnisi has graced several magazine covers overseas and recently debuted a project with Southern Guild Gallery that included a collectable chaise and a stool.


We’re proud to announce our RICH MNISI NWA-MULAMULA collectible furniture project in partnership with @southernguildgallery. Our furniture debut, consists of a chaise and a stool, after my late great-grand mother which represents a guardian and stands a physical representation of Nwa-Mulamula as the ever-present guardian, whose teachings live on through storytelling generation after generation. The chaise, which takes the shape of Nwa-Mulamula’s (The Guardian) body in the form of a Navy leather couch, presents her presence and long-lasting teachings, and the stool, in the shape of an eye with gold puddles, represents her tears, which were never in vain. Without her pain and her experiences I wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t be the person I am today... These pieces form part of a group show of multidisciplinary artists, all in celebration of Southern Guild’s decade-long journey of pioneering collectible design in South Africa, and include ceramic artists Zizipho Poswa and Madoda Fani, sculptors Daniella Mooney and Stanislaw Trzebinski, and newcomers such as 3D illustrator Ferdi B Dick. The exhibition will run until April 16th, 2018 #nwamulamula #richmnisi

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