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Sindiso Khumalo debuts at Milan Fashion Week with Harriet Tubman-inspired collection

South African designer Sindiso Khumalo made her debut at Milan Fashion Week with a collection based on American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.



a person standing on top of a wooden fence: South African label Sindiso Khumalo bases each collection on the life of an extraordinary historical Black woman.


© Jonathan Kope
South African label Sindiso Khumalo bases each collection on the life of an extraordinary historical Black woman.

With the pandemic keeping many presentations digital, Khumalo’s namesake label presented a fashion film to feature the new collection and honor the life of Tubman, who used the Underground Railroad to free dozens of slaves after reaching her own freedom in Philadelphia. The film shows a model wandering through fields and farmland, hinting at the landscape Tubman might have known as a child.



a person standing in front of a building


© Jonathan Kope


The collection, “Minty,” titled after Tubman’s childhood nickname, features illustrations by Cape Town artist Shakil Solanki and tailored styles in hand-printed silk taffeta and handwoven cotton from Khumalo’s workshop in Burkina Faso. Khumalo’s brand also works with the NGO Embrace Dignity to employ

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