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Pride

Dress
2021 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Rich Mnisi is a Johannesburg-based designer, and founder of the eponymous label RICH MNISI. These pieces come from Mnisi’s PRIDE collection, launched in June 2021 to coincide with LGBTQIA+ Pride month. 10% of all profits from the collection go towards Pride Shelter Trust in Cape Town, South Africa, a charity which provides emergency short-term accommodation to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The multicolour zebra stripe print is a key feature of the collection, the colour palette referencing the LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag. It is an adaptation of the zebra print design often found in Mnisi’s collections. The blue, white, and pink variation used on the mesh top and mesh dress references the Transgender Pride Flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitlePride (named collection)
Materials and techniques
Nylon
Brief description
Transgender pride tube dress, nylon and spandex, Pride collection, designed by Rich Mnisi, South Africa, June 2021
Physical description
Mesh dress, tubual, mid-calf length with long sleeves. The mesh is printed with a blue, red and white zebra pattern and the brand name 'RICH MNISI' repeated on a diagonal line.
Dimensions
  • Nape to hem length: 140cm (Maximum)
Measured by conservation
Gallery label
Mnisi launched the PRIDE collection in June 2021 to coincide with Pride month. The multicoloured zebra stripe print is a key feature of the collection, the colour palette referencing the LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag. It is an adaptation of the zebra print design often found in Mnisi’s collections. The blue, white and pink variation used on the mesh top and mesh dress pay homage to the Transgender Pride Flag, designed by Monica Helms in 1999 (T.27 & 28-2022). V&A, Room 40, Africa Fashion (02/07/2022 - 16/04/2023)
Credit line
Purchased with funds from the Sue Smith bequest
Summary
Rich Mnisi is a Johannesburg-based designer, and founder of the eponymous label RICH MNISI. These pieces come from Mnisi’s PRIDE collection, launched in June 2021 to coincide with LGBTQIA+ Pride month. 10% of all profits from the collection go towards Pride Shelter Trust in Cape Town, South Africa, a charity which provides emergency short-term accommodation to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The multicolour zebra stripe print is a key feature of the collection, the colour palette referencing the LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag. It is an adaptation of the zebra print design often found in Mnisi’s collections. The blue, white, and pink variation used on the mesh top and mesh dress references the Transgender Pride Flag designed by Monica Helms in 1999.
Collection
Accession number
T.28-2022

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Record createdAugust 10, 2021
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