Teenager wows as maker of 15 matric dance dresses

2013-09-25 00:00

WATCH out for the fashion tag Milliam, for if all goes to plan for Michael Ferguson (18), a matriculant from Pretoria, this will be the brand everyone wants to wear.

Already a seasoned dress maker, Ferguson has had a hectic six months since April, making 15 matric farewell dresses for girls in three schools.

He delivered each dress several days before the girls’ big event and had also “Milliamised” their shoes.

Milliam is an acronym of his two names, Michael and William. He plans to start his own boutique under the same name next year.

Speaking from his studio on the second floor of his parents’ home, Ferguson confessed that he is mad about a pair of killer heels, but sad that he could not wear them himself.

For his own matric farewell he bought a smart grey suit and then added black lace to the cuffs and collar. He also made a matching grey-and-black lace tie.

Ferguson considered fashion design as a career only in Grade 10, but said the seed had been planted much earlier when he played with offcuts of fabric his grandmother, Grieta (67) used to give him as a toddler.

He has since learned how much hard work goes into the fashion trade from the brothers, Fritz and Johan Botha, from F. Wilson Fash­ion Design.

“They taught me how to sew on an industrial sewing machine.”

Michael said he has a passion for women with fuller figures and wants to specialise in making wedding and evening dresses for women after school.

Ferguson’s mother, Sanette, who is sometimes roped in to play model, said he is her pride and inspiration.

“He already knows what he wants to do,” she said.

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