The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa

Gavin Rajah’s “Pebble Dress” from his Spring / Summer 2013 collection has been voted the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa at the 2013 Design Indaba.

Gavin Raja's Pebble Dress from his couture Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, MBOISA, Design Indaba Aware

The Dress

The pebbles are leather pieces that have been moulded and then embroidered onto mesh by hand. The pebbles are placed, graduating from chocolate up to rose gold throughout the dress.

The Nominator

Malibongwe Tyilo, who originally nominated Gavin, said of Rajah’s creation: “The Pebble Dress combines to great effect some of the most relevant design influences at the moment: leather, ombre, texture and craft. Their unity creates a completely resolved design piece. At first glance, your eye is attracted by the complete garment and it’s almost scale-like appearance. A closer look reveals the incredible amount of work and precision that has gone into creating not only the garment but also an entirely new fabric.”

Pebble dress by Gavin Rajah from his couture Spring / summer 2013 collection, Most Beautiful Object in South Africa, MBOISA

The Awards

The 11 finalists for the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa (MBOISA) were selected from a list of nominees submitted by a mix of design journalists and cultural commentators in South Africa.

Every year Design Indaba invites members of the public to decide what constitutes beauty through the MBOISA award. More than just an object of visual delight, MBOISA encourages a wider definition of beauty – one that encapsulates social significance, economic impact, usability, sustainability and even humour.

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