Chris Levin

  • Posted: Jun 3, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa is the proud recipient of eight iconic fashion garments designed by Chris Levin. The garments were donated to Iziko by generous benefactor and art curator, Mark Coetzee.  The Iziko Social History Collections is delighted by the presentation, as very few haute couture garments are represented in the museum’s collection.

Ms Rooksana Omar, Iziko’s CEO commented, “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”.

The gift brings to the museum a range of Levin’s magnificent fabrics and designs which include a scintillating black and orange geometric 1960s short dress; a chic black dress from the 1970s with a flower-form cut-out back resonant of today’s fashion; and an amazing iridescent green cat suit from 1992. 

 Mark Coetzee is to be congratulated and to quote the extraordinary benefactor"The opportunity to purchase eight wonderful pieces by designer Chris Levin, from 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 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, inspire  and teach us about human understanding. I do hope others of my time will do the same."


Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – FREE ENTRANCE (excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope)

  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 25 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Day: 24 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
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