Mark Coetzee Donates Chris Levin Designs to Iziko Museum

The auction, a first for South Africa, was a resounding success, which attracted the attention of artist and curator Mark Coetzee.  Coetzee, who purchased pieces at the auction, has generously donated 8 garments to the Iziko Social History Collections Department. The garments will form part of the museum’s haute couture collection, which is currently far from complete. Levin’s work, exhibiting a high level of workmanship, form an integral part of any South African fashion collection and it is exciting that these pieces will now be available to the public.

Due to limited funding, Iziko would never have been able to purchase these garments themselves, and are grateful for the support of philanthropists such as Mark Coetzee. Ms Rooksana Omar, Iziko’s CEO, commented, “Iziko Museums of South Africa is delighted that Mark Coetzee, our generous benefactor, has identified us as recipient of selected, stunning designs by Chris Levin. It is this type of generosity that makes Iziko Museums such a magical and interesting place to visit and engage with our exhibitions. We look forward to showcasing the Levin fashions in the not too distant future at one of our museums. The acquisition of these stylish gowns and dresses will complement the recent gift of everyday isishweshwe garments designed and worn mainly by black rural and working class women in South Africa, though also taken up more recently on the international catwalk, and recently displayed in the Slave Lodge costume gallery”.

Following his purchase, Mark Coetzee released the following statement: 

“The opportunity to purchase eight wonderful pieces by designer Chris Levin, through Strauss and Co, and donate them to the costume collection of Iziko Museums is a small gesture on my part to thank the Iziko Slave Lodge (formerly the Cultural History Museum) for the great contribution they have made to Cape Town, our country and my personal learning. Since a young age our museums have been a place of great excitement and joy for me. I truly believe that all great cultures are based on the collective achievements of its citizens and the legacy we create through libraries, parks, museums, educational institutions etc. I am so honoured to be able to contribute to our National Museums and join the amazing individuals who have done the same in the past allowing us now to enjoy museums that enrich us, inspire us and teach us about human understanding. I do hope others of my time will do the same.”

For more information on the Chris Levin auction visit our other articles here and here.

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Thing of beauty: Chris Levin’s couture collection

This week at auction house Strauss & Co, Levin’s vintage collection was being prominently displayed amid exceptional pieces of South African art. A hand-sequined red party dress and a crimson silk Duchesse satin two-piece played tricks with light bouncing off Alexis Preller’s Choros, the painter’s exuberant tribute to a popular Brazilian music style. And despite the many years between their creations it was as if they were conceived as accompaniments.

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Fabulous Fashion at Chris Levin Auction

Last Thursday, 16 May, Strauss & Co. hosted a vintage couture auction of fashion designer Chris Levin’s most sought-after couture.

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Mark Coetzee Donates Chris Levin Designs to Iziko Museum

On the 16th May Strauss and Co. hosted an auction of the finest couture from the private collection of South African fashion legend Chris Levin.

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Strauss & Co goes Vintage with South African Haute Couture Legend, Chris Levin

April 29, 2013 Strauss & Co, in conjunction with the charity Vintage, with Love, are staging an auction of vintage couture from the personal archives of the legendary South African couturier, Chris Levin.

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VINTAGE COUTURE AUCTION

Here at ELLE we’re very excited to announce the sale of The Chris Levin Collection, this Thursday by Strauss & Co. auction house.Chris Levin’s name has become synonymous with haute couture in South Africa. His reputation was built on quality, luxurious fabrics and attention to detail.

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Vintage Levin

Lore Watterson - Classicfeel Legendary South African designer Chris Levin, in conjunction with auction powerhouse Strauss & Co., is staging South Africas first-ever vintage couture auction. Classicfeel spoke to Chris Levin about his decision to host the auction and his life as one of South Africas top fashion designers.