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Minnie Dlamini to Show Off French-Xhosa Range at Paris Fashion Week 2022 with JessicaJane

Posted On : February 27, 2022

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South African media personality Minnie Dlamini will be walking the ramp for JessicaJane to show off the French-Xhosa Range at Paris Fashion Week in early March 2022 in a fabulous case of women supporting women on their journeys… whilst making South Africa proud and making dreams come true.

Little did JessicaJane know that when she fell in love and married Wandile Molebatsi who is half Tswana and half Xhosa how this would impact her fashion design journey, culminating in an invitation to the famous Paris Fashion Week.

After receiving the invitation and after much thinking during Covid lockdowns, Jessica decided to create a range that would mean something to all South Africans. Her range embraces the past and present, as well as racial and cultural differences… and is particularly personal to Jessica because of her multi-racial family.

After marrying Wandile, Jessica’s social circle expanded, and she started having women approach her to make their traditional South African wedding dresses. After making a few, Jessica found herself gravitating towards Xhosa attire… drawn by the impactful monochrome nature of the garments.

Jessica’s heritage which is French, Norwegian, Scottish, and English still flows through her designs, whilst maintaining a deep respect for the traditional cultural garments she was being commissioned to design and make.

Having studied a BA Degree in Fashion Design, Jessica always brings couture elements into her traditional garments and believes that a traditional wedding dress should be treated with the same care and attention that one gives to a civil wedding dress.

Whilst developing this love of Xhosa attire and having an affinity for all things French, Jessica started to imagine how her designs could creatively merge these two styles’ aesthetics. This creative design process had already begun when JessicaJane received an invite to show during Paris Fashion Week and she knew instantly that she would want to show a French-Xhosa Range.

When marrying into the Molebatsi family. Jessica received her “given” name from her Xhosa aunts which are NOLUTHANDO (The One that gives love). Jess felt that to name the range NOLUTHANDO would be perfectly fitting; as this range would go out into the world and show, give and portray love for South Africa.

The SA Department of Sports, Arts and Culture intervened to make sure that JessicaJane can indeed show at the Paris Fashion Week on 4th and 5th March. (The Paris Fashion Week runs from 28 Feb to 8 March.)

To view JessicaJane’s current collection 2021 Here

With dynamic South African celebrity Minnie Dlamini modeling the beautiful collection in Paris, it’s sure to be a show-stopper.

Staying with weddings and love, Dlamini’s latest film project No Love Lost which her company Beautiful Day Productions produced, has just started streaming on Showmax (available to Showmax International subscribers abroad too). The wonderfully romantic feature film was launched on Valentine’s Day.

Content Courtesy of SA People & NFH Digital Team 

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