2013’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala, the 20th anniversary of the event, centred around the theme of gold as a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, who loved the colour. A precious metal, gold evokes both awe and humbling sentiments across Africa.
Curated by former French Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld, The Ultimate Gold Collection was paraded by 38 of the world’s top models, including Karolina Kurkova, Heidi Klum, Joan Smalls, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Guests included Aishwarya Rai, Sharon Stone, Dame Shirley Bassey, Leonardo Di Caprio, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue and Rosario Dawson. The collection comprises gold-toned garments from leading brands, including Gucci, Armani, Chanel, Prada, Dior, Burberry, and Tom Ford.
It was at this event that Dr Moloi-Motsepe acquired the Ultimate Gold Collection and brought it to Africa.
A sneak preview of The Ultimate Gold Collection was seen for the first time at Cape Town Fashion Week in March 2023.
The exhibition marks the beginning of what will be the AFI Museum of Art, where the entire collection and other items collected around the African continent and across the globe, will be displayed for the public to enjoy, engage with, and learn more about the world of art.