Fashion Bridges - I Ponti della Moda is an innovative project created by the Italian Embassy in Pretoria South Africa, in collaboration with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana, South African Fashion Week, Polimoda Firenze, Lineapelle and the Nelson Mandela Forum. The project aims to build relationships between the South African and Italian fashion industries through cultural and design exchange.

The project took four young South African designers and paired them with four Italian design students (one South African and one Italian per group) to create collaborative capsule collection, under the helm of Polimoda Firenze, showcased and Milan fashion Week during September 2021 and SA fashion Week during October 2021.

Jacques Bam from the BAM Collective collaborated with Julian Cerro collaborated on a conceptual capsule range entitled 'Syrrogism' using fabrics and trims from South African sponsors: Cape Wools, Mohair SA and Cotton SA, as well as Italian sponsors: Albini, Mantero, Cafissi and Linda belle. The collection also collaborated with South African milliner Crystal Birch on hats for the range.


Photographer: Eunice Driver

Models: Courtesy of SA fashion Week

Hats: In Collaboration with Crystal Birch