Tony Gum gets dressed like she lives inside of a painting. The colors, the shapes, the materials, the backdrop — everything fits together just so. A silky cream jumpsuit against a caramel wall. A pink bomber covered in rainbow pompoms over a deep emerald silk skirt. Red suit, white shirt, red lips.
Tony is an artist and film student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she “is producing a new prism through which to view African contemporary art, fashion and culture.” She’s also the co-founder of The Local Collective and happens to be “the coolest girl in Cape Town” according to Vogue.
She’s currently in Miami for Art Basel, where she’ll be presenting her narrative self portraits focusing on emergent South African-African-Global identity formation at PULSE Miami Beach on behalf of Christopher Moller Gallery. We asked her to document a week of her looks while she’s down there. The result is akin to a cheerful and beautiful museum stroll in slideshow form. See for yourself.