An illustration with photos of South African designer Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa; former president Nelson Mandela; and a model wearing Mantsho on the runway.

The launch of the South African Fashion Week in 1997 helped create a semblance of identity in the country’s fashion industry.

Photo Credits: (From left) Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Vogue and The Dubai Mall; Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images; Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images via Getty Images | Illustration by Srikar Poruri for OkayAfrica.

Eight Fashion Labels Redefining Style in a Post-Democratic South Africa

As the Rainbow Nation celebrates the 30th anniversary of Freedom Day, OkayAfrica takes a look at some of the fashion labels who are weaving threads of what it means to be South African.