Sosh youth finds newness in the old

Photographs taken by Mackson Gopolang Chirwa. Photo: Supplied.

Mackson Gopolang Chirwa has brought the vintage look back to the streets of Soshanguve.

The 22-year-old can be seen in the 1980s and 90s three-piece suit and tie and has even inspired other youth to copy him.

Better known as Madala, for his love of clothes associated with old people, Chirwa recreates the old township feel using black and white photography to tell the stories of historical figures, the good old times and the painful past.

Chirwa spends most of his time searching for vintage clothes to wear, a love ignited years ago when he stumbled upon his grandfather’s closet.

“Whenever I visited my grandparents’ house I would be intrigued by the clothes my grandfather had,” said Chirwa.

Chirwa buys these clothes to create his own costume wardrobe, which he rents out.

The young model, stylist and fashion designer said he was passionate about photography as well, and captured the vintage look in photographs for his portfolio.

Chirwa is the head designer at Cartoonz & Cereal, a company that produces street wear that is currently making the waves in Pretoria.

“My inspiration comes from modern life and art,” said Chirwa.

He said the brand had a unique way of bringing youth culture and vintage together.

“We live in times where we are allowed to express ourselves and what better way to do it than fashion?”

“I am an icon now and lots of young people look up to me. They come up to me and say ‘I have made it this far in fashion industry because of you’ and that really motivates me.”

Chirwa has established his own company Chilling with the Creatives that focuses on art, fashion, food and music.

“My aim is to create employment and reduce illegal behaviour in townships.”

“I believe that is the only way we can give back to the communities and make our townships a better place to live.”

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Thato Mahlangu
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