Photo Credit: GCFA, Italia 2020

Sindiso Khumalo has been celebrated as the Green Carpet Fashion Awards winner of the Independent Designer of the Year for 2020!


Milan, Italy (14 October 2020) – The Green Carpet Fashion Awards took place virtually this year and a talented South African designed came out a big winner!

The Green Carpet Fashion Awards (GCFA) were launched in Milan in 2017 in collaboration with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (CNMI). They have since been dubbed the ‘Oscars of Fashion’, with a focus on sustainability and fashion awards. Sustainability in the fashion industry is a must, so these awards highlight the very best designers in the industry.

Sindiso Khumalo, a South African designer, was announced as the winner for the Independent Designer of the Year Award. Each winner will receive an ethical gold statuette, designed by Chopard which you can see below. Sindiso received her award from Maisie Williams, of Game of Thrones fame.

Photo Credit: GCFA

She is a Cape Town-based designer and was selected as the winner from 16 shortlisted independent designers, who have all been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the fashion industry and relevant awards over the past 12 months.

“What a privilege to be honoured for the work that we do in sustainability,” said Sindiso, dedicating her win to the “amazing artisans” she works with across South Africa.

“I started my brand with the premise of being a modern-day Robin Hood: to create luxury clothing that will eventually help the poorest and most vulnerable in our society; to create a change for our continent, and create a new future for our youth. This award reaffirms that dream.”

Also in attendance of the virtual award ceremony was South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha who had the honour of presenting the award for the GCFA North Star Award.

Take a look at the segment where Sindiso received her award below as well as some of her beautiful fashion designs.


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Some weeks back, my friend Jonathan and I took a trip to my home in KwaZulu-Natal to produce a body of work. The work explores many of the ideas I have being studying over the last 18 months , all set in the landscapes of Kwazulu Natal. Looking at the two protagonists of my latest collections, Miss Celie and Ms Sarah Forbes Bonnetta. One a fictional character from Alice Walkers book “ The Colour Purple” , the other a Yoruba Princess whose fate changes after her meeting Captain Frederick Forbes of the Royal Navy. Their stories represent the stories of many of black women from the 1800s and 1900s. Their lives, their work, their fate and their faith. There’s a lot behind this work and it’s not all coming to Instagram. So I’ve decided to start with a journal that I’ll be sharing via our mailing list. Also a physical representation of this work is also very important to me, so stay tuned to where we take this work next. 🙏🏾 A HUGE HUGE thank you to my dear friend @jonathan_kope for your patience, your amazing talent and creativity! And thank you to Talita from @bossmodelsa for being such a sport and jumping into rivers and waterfalls for the perfect shot, and thank you Candice for the amazing makeup in amongst the humidity, rain and thunderstorms. Huge thank you to this amazing team. Stay tuned. 💕🙏🏾💕

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