Miami Closets: Art Basel Artist Tony Gum Dresses Like a Painting

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.

Follow Tony on Instagram @tony_gum and check out her website here. Style sourcing by Marieke Merts @mariekemerts and Monde Mtsi @_renaissancemen.

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  • Wonderful style! Pic Nr. 7 is to … die for :-)…

  • Irene Laura
  • Chiara Settineri

    So glad I read this, I’m going to PULSE this weekend..hopefully I will have the opportunity meet her!! I love that everything she wears has a purpose and I narrative behind it — especially when those very things are inspired by where I live ;))

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  • Senka

    One of the best closet posts. Love the shapes, cuts and combos combined with red lip.

  • Aydan

    1) If only we could all be that gorgeous! 2) THAT FIRST JUMPSUIT!!!!

  • Freaking out because I know this girl and she’s magic and I know so many of these designers and they are magic and I’m so happy they’re here, on my favourite place on the web, I could burst. 🙂

    BTW, Superbalist (the website I work for) made this with her and her creative partner Philia, if you’d like to get to know her some more 🙂

  • also, designer’s last name for day 5 is Ngxokolo 🙂

    • Leslie Price

      Thank you! Just updated with that fix.

  • Marieke and Monde. I wanna cry you guys! 🙂

    I’ll stop now 🙂

  • Veronique Villarroel

    Amazing Pictures! It’s great!



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