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Beaded glory: How much did Zozibini Tunzi’s Xhosa heritage gown fee?

Beaded glory: How much did Zozibini Tunzi’s Xhosa heritage gown fee?

Musty Omit Universe Zozibini Tunzi wore a personalized beaded contemporary Xhosa heritage gown for the Omit Universe festival this year as she passed down the crown to Omit Mexico Andrea Meza on 16 Could at Seminole Disturbing Rock Lodge and Casino in Hollywood.

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Tunzi wished her final moments as the longest reigning Omit Universe to honour her Xhosa roots in a recent come. 

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Her breathtaking outfit became a collaboration between herself, stylist Warner Wessels and dressmaker Bridgit Gibbs, professionally acknowledged as Biji. She wore a personalized beaded Xhosa heritage gown with an phantasm mesh glum weighing in 6.6kg. 

The gown became paired with a sad Xhosa headdress that is standard for ending a used Xhosa girls americans’s apparel known as Umbhaco. The pinnacle wrap faded by the model is of soppy worth as it had been given to her by her mother.

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The gown took about 800 hours to manufacture and is priced between R90 000 to R100 000 in accordance to W24. The gown became impressed by a gown Biji made for Thulisa Keyi to wear when she represented South African on the Omit World stage in 2018.


Fancy many different companies, Biji la Maison de Couture became tormented by the COVID-19 pandemic and needed to lay off workers. This resulted in Biji having to rope in family and mates to aid her put Tunzi’s gown together. 

“They said ‘level to us what to create’, so I trained them they in most cases did 90% of the beading. It in fact became a family effort. If it wasn’t for them this gown could well well no longer agree with advance together,” said Biji, in accordance to TimesLive

Biji labored remotely with out fittings nonetheless this did no longer pose a disaster as she had additionally designed Tunzi’s 2019 Omit Universe “break of day” gown and knew the beauty’s physique. 

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“I had by no methodology in my life invested as much time and energy into a garment as I did while making Tunzi’s 2019 crowning gown,” says Biji. 

The break of day gown is worth R208 000 and took bigger than 1 400 hours and 132 000 beads to get, reported W24. Adding in the “Vitality of Unity” crown with bigger than 1 700 diamonds, her successful ogle became worth stop to R70.6m, in accordance to TimesLive.

#BespokeByBiji exhibition 

Biji has an exhibition of gowns she created for celebrities over time on current at the Diamond Stroll in Sandton City, Johannesburg. This capabilities Tunzi’s Omit Universe 2019 gown, as successfully as Omit Universe 2018 Catriona Grey’s, that of Omit World 2014 Rolene Strauss and assorted celebrities similar to Boity Thulo, Bonang Mathebe and Ayanda Thabethe.

The dressmaker hopes to add Tunzi’s most contemporary Omit Universe gown to the exhibition if arrives aid from the United States (US) outdated to the exhibition ends on 6 June. 

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Beaded glory: How much did Zozibini Tunzi’s Xhosa heritage gown fee?