High fashion mixes with cupboard classics at UKZN graduation

2011-04-19 00:00

FOR their graduation from the University of KwaZulu-Natal some students of the class of 2010 splashed out to look their best while others managed to look cool using what they had.

The Witness attended the graduation at Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg yesterday to see what students were wearing.

Nhlakanipho Ngubane (above right), chemistry and chemical technology bachelor of science graduate was a “man in black” with his black coat, jeans and bow tie.

Twenty-one-year-old Ngubane spent close to R2 000 on for his outfit, including the hairstyle.

“It took me over a month to get an outfit. I was really stressing because I wasn’t getting anything that I liked.

“I didn’t want to go for a traditional suit but something I can wear ­every day after my graduation.

“I love clothes and I wanted to spoil myself since I didn’t do anything for my birthday.”

Other students also put aside time and money for the perfect outfit.

Chemistry student Kevoulee Sar-dar (right) wore a gold and burgundy sari with beading.

She chose the outfit because she wanted to look her best, but still be comfortable during the ceremony.

Wanting her to wear something traditional, her family spent between R500 and R700 on the outfit.

She was joined by computational physics graduate Nompumelelo Basi, who was wearing a little black dress.

Basi says she paid around R500 for her outfit and hairstyle. “I bought something I know I’ll wear again,” said Basi, “It makes me feel sexy and like a star.”

Joey Moodley (above, right) spent R2 000 on his suit. “It’s my first graduation and I wanted to look my best.”

A fellow microbiology and plant pathology student, Caleb Pillay (above, left), says he woke up and simply wore what was in his cupboard, hiring a suit for the graduation.

He said of his R250 suit: “I’m only going to wear it once.”

Kristie McGavin’s (left) outfit was mostly clothing she already had in her wardrobe. She chose a white formal skirt and paired it with a black top that she felt would not clash with her gown.

“I didn’t really go all out… it would have made me feel more nervous,” said McGavin, a dietetics graduate.

Also with clothes from her wardrobe, chemistry honours graduate Lauren Eyssen (right) said, “I have a full-time job and I didn’t have time to go shopping.

“This is what I wear to work. I didn’t spend a cent on this.

“I’m a very chilled person and I’m working tonight, but maybe I’ll celebrate later with my boyfriend and his family.”

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