12 April 2019, News
“I see Africans reclaiming their rightful positions as kings and queens of design and creativity. I see us rebranding African creativity through the clever use of technology, innovation, and authentic storytelling. The value of our creativity has always been discounted to arts and craft and this because many Africans create from a place of necessity and survival vs recreation and leisure.” – Trevor Stuurman
24 year old AFDA Cape Town alumnus, Trevor Stuurman, described by many as the African Renaissance man and now as “The King of Creativity” on the front cover of the recent GQ Style magazine, is a filmmaker, photographer, fashion designer, blogger, trend setter, brand ambassador, social media influencer and entrepreneur. He describes himself as a ‘global African’ with elaborate style, as his work is authentically from the continent yet has definite global relevance.
After graduating with an honours degree in Motion Medium Picture (majoring in production design and costume, make-up and styling) from AFDA Cape Town in 2014, Trevor completed a documentary that he co-directed entitled Ubuhle Besintu, which follows the journey of world-renowned knitwear designer Laduma Ngxolo.
In 2015 he was the Autumn Winter face of Woolworths and has since continued working with the retail giant as trends consultant. Trevor has been featured in House and Leisure’s 2014 Rising Star, the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2015, and Destiny Magazine’s The Power of 40 List. He’s been named GQ Best Dressed Man in 2015 and SA Style Awards 2015 Next Big Thing.
He was the keynote speaker at the Sunglasses Hut Reflections Fashion Forum 2016 and invited to be part of the judging panel for the SA Fashion Week New Talent Search 2016. He was also a keynote speaker and a panelist at The Black Portraiture Conference hosted by New York and Harvard University.
Added to all the above, Trevor was named Influencer of Year according to Student Village. He also exhibited his first body of work “Form” at the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair. Later in 2017 he was invited to speak at Oxford University on how he is reframing the African narrative.
In 2018 Trevor was invited to be the official photographer for Barrack Obama on his trip back to his home country, Kenya.
Trevor has also collaborated with artists like Ciara and Black Coffee and international brands Mini, Adidas, Absolut and Airbnb.
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GQ Style South Africa 18/19 with Trevor Stuurman by Rich Mnisi
Published: Spring/Summer 2018
All people in this magazine cover:
Rusty Beukes - Fashion Editor/Stylist
AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.