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Gert-Johan Coetzee’s 5 Most Iconic Design Moments

Gert-Johan Coetzee

Gert-Johan Coetzee has become one of South Africa’s top fashion designers, having dressed many of the country’s celebrity fashionistas and even global sensation, Oprah Winfrey, in apparel that one can only dream about. As we build up to the upcoming Diamond Walk Retrospective Fashion Exhibition featuring Gert-Johan Coetzee and his creations between 19 March – 27 April 2020, we look back on his five most iconic design moments. 

Oprah Winfrey At Global Citizen Concert

Gert-Johan Coetzee reached for the stars with his fashion brand, and has thus added an impressive name to his list of clientele. American media executive, talk show host, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey appeared on stage at the Global Citizen Festival in 2018, wearing a flowing sun-yellow silk kaftan created by Coetzee. 


Oprah Winfrey At Glori Nelson’s Wedding

A few months after her appearance at the Global Citizen Festival, Oprah Winfrey was seen wearing another one of Gert-Johan Coetzee’s beautiful creations as she walked Glori Nelson, one of the first girls to graduate from her South African Academy, down the aisle. This time, Winfrey chose an understated yet fashionable flowing, golden chiffon kaftan. 

Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Tebow

Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Tebow (née Nel-Peters) handed over her Miss Universe crown to Catriona Gray from the Philippines (Miss Universe 2018), wearing a gorgeous green and yellow, Swarovski crystal-covered Gert-Johan Coetzee gown in Bangkok, Thailand. Featuring a floor-length design, low back and thin straps, Demi-Leigh looked absolutely striking.

Somizi And Mohale’s Wedding

Fashion-forward Somizi Mhlongo and his now husband, Mohale Motaung, were dressed in regal pieces designed by Gert-Johan Coetzee for their traditional wedding in September 2019 and their white wedding in January 2020. They wore several different outfits throughout the ceremonies, ranging from leopard prints and Egyptian-inspired looks to high fashion designs in white and gold. 

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi For SONA

Coetzee also had the honour of dressing Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi for SONA. She looked absolutely breathtaking in a bright yellow, fitted lace gown featuring a low back and long slit, and embellished with Swarovski crystals and strings of traditional African beads.

To see more fashion designs created by Gert-Johan Coetzee, click here to see his lookbook of all his collections and catalogues.


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