Top 20 budding designers picked for durban july fashion stakes

2011-06-03 00:00

THE provincial semi-finalists in the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award have been chosen from 153 garments made by students from six colleges.

Twenty candidates were shortlisted and will get the chance to display their designs at the provincial finals on June 13.

The star-studded panel of judges included designers Kathrin Kidger and Sibu Msimang, who veiwed the many interpretations of this year’s theme, “A Right Royal Affair”.

The designs ranged from takes on classic royal finery to ones inspired by traditional African royalty.

“The overall standard was amazing, and it is obvious that some of the outfits had taken many, many hours to put together,” said Kidger.

“There were four that stood out as being truly exceptional. I loved the alternate takes on the theme,” she said.

The competition has grown over the last few years, and is now a compulsory part of the national curriculum at some design colleges.

Each provincial finalist will display their designs at the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Showcase on June 15 and 17, and will win R2 000. The winner will be announced on July 2.

The winner will receive a trip to the 2012 London Graduate Fashion Week and a cash prize of R10 000, and his or her college will earn a R30 000 bursary grant from Vodacom.

The Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award will be joined by two other pre-race day competitions.

The Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge gives all qualified young designers a chance to enter an ensemble complete with a hat and accessories based on this year’s theme.

Designs will also be displayed by well-known fashion designers in this year’s Vodacom Durban July Invited Designer Showcase.

Three-piece collections will be shown by the six selected designers from Durban, Kathrin Kidger, Karen Monk-Klijnstra, Terrene Bray, Sibu Msimang, Jeal-Paul Botha and Pregasen Govender, and David Tlale and Gert-Johan Coetzee of Gauteng.

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