Meet the stylists behind the killer wardrobe of The River

Rich vs poor, criminals vs the just – the talented stylists for 1Magic’s hit telenovela ensure the wardrobe choices reflect these key character divides.

Catching the latest episode of 1Magic’s addictive and award-winning hit telenovela set in Pretoria has become a favourite daily event for South Africans as we follow the ruthless scheming and plotting of Khanyisa Diamonds owner Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana.

Meet the creatives behind the styling

Creative producer Percy Vilakazi and his team are responsible for the wardrobe and styling on the set of The River.

The telenovela depicts a sharp divide between the rich mine-owners and the poor labourers, a fact that the creative team reflects as authentically as possible in the characters’ appearance and styling. From the dreamy romance of the most over-the-top TV wedding dress to power-dressing controversial lead Lindiwe for her court appearances (with some iconic inspiration), the team’s impeccable research helps to pull off every look flawlessly.

Revisit Tumi's dreamy and romantic wedding dress:

This powerful Winnie Madikizela-Mandela-inspired court-scene wardrobe from The River:

Taking home an impressive 11 SAFTAs, it was the most awarded South African television production of 2019. With a star-studded cast that includes Sindi Dlathu, Hlomla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa and Don Mlangeni, the rags-to-riches tale of the haves and the have-nots and the lengths people will go to to protect their wealth continues to stun audiences with its dramatic twists and turns.

Watch The River weekdays on 1Magic (103) at 20:00

Did you know you can binge-watch The River from the beginning on Showmax?

DStv Premium customers get Showmax for zero extra cost, and DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers pay only R49 per month. All you have to do is go to, select ‘DStv customer’ and follow the steps.