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Sisterhood and solidarity :  An Ode to high school and coming of age

Koeksuster’s Fashion film, directed by Thea Small, is a a nostalgic look back on high school and what that experience could have been and should have been.

Coming of age can be a very vulnerable time, you feel scrutinized by society and even more so by your peers. As teens we are constantly policing ourselves to act in accordance to what’s deemed appropriate by society. We feel insecure about our bodies, covering up with towels in the changing room and comparing ourselves to other girls, wondering why we can’t just fit in. High school can be filled with uncomfortable feelings of not fitting in. We felt it was important to reclaim this space and decided to center our film around four girls doing exactly that!

Most importantly, our director Thea explains, we wanted the film to be gynocentric. We wanted to see girls being girls, completely uninhibited, in a space that was completely theirs. You’ll also notice that there’s an absence of male figures as well as authority figures as we didn’t want any distraction or intrusion in the girls space.

Creating the film also gave us the opportunity to almost revisit our own coming of age. Spending weekends investigating our theme and finding the perfect location kind of transported us back to our own high school days. The film is a take on the body positive, feminist representations that we would have liked to be exposed to when we were younger.

Taking inspiration from some of our favourite feminist creatives, we wanted to create a dreamy hyper-feminine, space in which to explore the theme of sisterhood.

“I think it’s important to always protect your sisters, even your sisters that aren’t your friends.”

Above all our film is just a celebration of girlhood and as a fashion brand, and especially a lingerie brand we want to create unfiltered representations of young womxn. An inclusive representation that’s inspiring, yet relatable.

The theme of sisterhood and solidarity makes up every essence of our film not only in concept, but also in the production of the film. The film was a collaborative effort relying on the support and talents of fellow creatives from Cape Town.

Director: Thea Small
DOP: Jason Prins
Producers: Lola Mashabane & Chase Musslewhite
Camera Assistant: Junaid Rawoot & Chelsea Wiercx
Gaffer: Patrick Buti
Make-up: Marchay Linderoth
Styling: Marli Grobbelaar
Art Direction: Christina Fortune
Style Assistants: Michelle Benade
Production Assistants: Beth Ribeiro
Photographer: Natasha Maritz

Terri de Jager
Iman Kathrada
Lucy Mbiola
Maxim Marais

Editor: Tomas Wells
Colourist: Brett Wrayner
Music & Sound Composition: Elu Eboka
Voice: Liza Scholtz & Tinuke Eboka