For those who often wonder why SA celebrates Women’s month in August, a little walk down memory lane may provide a reminder. On the 9th of August 1956, more than 20 000 fearless women who marched to the Union Buildings in protest against the dreaded Pass Laws. The pass law was Apartheid’s single most powerful weapon against the freedom of movement of black South Africans. With their courageous act of marching to Apartheid’s citadel of power, these women put Apartheid on notice.

Over 50 years later, the South African public holiday’s reason for existence has now broadened; it’s no longer just a celebration of a single act of female solidarity, but is rather a day devoted to a more general recognition of the spirit and accomplishment of women.

At 2nd Take, we’ve decided to celebrate women’s month in style and embrace the fierce South African women doing it BIG in the fashion industry. We know there are a lot of you, but it would be impossible to include everyone. So we’ve narrowed our list down to a few women – who are flying the flag for the fierce, the brainy, and the beautiful.



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Marrianne fissler is Africa’s Alice in Wonderland. Her combinations of textures and patterns, whilst having an intrinsic understanding of the variety and beauty of African aesthetics, make her a lasting favorite amongst many a fashion devotee and indeed a women to be celebrated this Women’s Month as a Fashion Designer Veteran. Her awards show how well she does her work.



Monareng’s CV reads like the back story of a gifted individual who was chosen by a calling.She was Awarded Most Innovative Designer Award at the Cape Town Fashion Festival in 2002. She has also presented at the 2009 Arise Africa Fashion Week and her work has appeared in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, and O. Currently, Thulare has a fun and colorful store on Long Street where she features African inspired clothing and international trends.

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Palesa Mokubung was a top designer for the company, which was at the crux of the fashion revolution that was shaping fashion trends by referencing indigenous cultures and historical figures in black South Africa. In 2003 she won the young fashion talent competition which had the themes of South Africa’s 10 Years of Freedom.

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Palesa showed case her collection at the 8th Annual SA Fashion Week in 2004.

Her Afro-space-age frocks have been part of the Daimler Contemporary Art exhibition in Berlin, after she was nominated for a South African Art and Culture Award in 2009. One of the most notable of black South African women that challenge contemporary notions of fashion, she stretches the brief and includes the bohemian, the punk, the avant-garde and the African.


At 2nd Take we sell second hand international designer clothing. Visit our store in Sea Point or shop online for an outfit that defines you as a woman and celebrate women’s month with us.

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