All the world’s their stage

Six artists performing at this year’s Woordfees express the ever-young spirit of being no-one but themselves in shirts and jewellery that are as original as they. By JACKIE BURGER (photography by ALENA GELEN).

Buhle NgabA
Actress, playwright, author and producer

“The future is uncertain, but that does not scare me, because I am rooted in the present.”

Oversized cotton shirt R1 200, Coppelia at Mungo & Jemima,
Bangles from R700 each, White Moth at Die Dorp Straat Galery 


Vasti Knoesen
Producer, director, singer and musician

“If I could wear a suit with a different print and colour every day, I would. Simple but crazy.”

Printed shirt R429, H&M
Perspex and brass earrings R1 999, Philippa Green


Kanya Viljoen
Actress, writer, director, producer and stage manager

“Being young is being brave.” 

Silk shirt R4 800, Stefania Morland
Interlaced polished brass earrings R1 250, Waif at Mungo & Jemima


Abigail Mei
Writer and actress

“I am enough – more than enough! I can be what I want to be if I work hard at it.”

Paisley shirt R999, Trenery
Clear rod spiral cuff R1 999, Philippa Green


Carla Smith
Singer, actress, writer, director and producer

“My art is something I want to keep as honest and fresh as possible.”

Striped shirt R429, H&M
Rubber collar R650, Roche Rubber at Die Dorp Straat Galery


Tiisetso Mashifane
Choreographer, actress, writer, director and producer

“My worth is an unrelenting source of pride.”

Lanvin vintage silk shirt R4 600, Afraid of Mice
Hair fork R670, Michelle Liao at Die Dorp Straat Galery
Gold rings from R1 095 each, Sharon Cole Rings at Die Dorp Straat Galery


STOCKISTS: Afraid of Mice: 021 432 7353; Die Dorp Straat Galery: 021 887 2256; H&M: info.za@hm.com; Mungo & Jemima: 021 424 5016; Philippa Green: 021 424 1102; Stefania Morland: 021 422 2609; Trenery: 0860 022 002 / custserv@woolworths.co.za

Photography: Alena Gelen; Makeup: Michelle-Lee Collins; Hair: Lyndal Fitzgerald @Supernova Creative Management; Fashion assistant: Maria Kroes; Shot on location: PJ Olivier Art Centre