14 – 18 May
Venue: Baxter Theatre
2 – 3 May
St. George’s Cathedral
Endler Hall, Stellenbosch Music Conservatory
The best presentation was promised tickets to the next One Ingredient and a bottle of Nitida MCC. A voice piped up from the sea of aprons asking if she could make her own creation to which Manning replied, “No. You do as you’re told. Smiley faces and writing on plates will not win you prizes. You’re on the naughty table.”
Appreciating the freedom to curate whatever her heart desired, Hodes approached 17 artists whose work either remained in her personal collection, or whose work she responded to… Hodes curated the exhibition in the same manner that she collects art, by use of her intuition and instinct. This resulted in the exhibition compartmentalised into three rooms, an ‘Africa room’, a room that related to themes of ‘death and loss‘ and the ‘looking room’.
Besides the staged fashion show, there was a more interesting free-range version: many of the models stayed to party in their outfits and the effect was like having swans roam freely among picnickers. In fact one girl looked like the swan princess from a ballet, leaving a glimmer wherever she went in a white ballgown covered with thousands of hand-stitched beads.