Making fashion work

By Drum Digital
07 November 2013

Born in a small village in QwaQwa, Free State, Themba Tshabalala has found his global reach is in fashion.

“Fashion reflects who I am,” says Tshabalala, who is a fashion design student at Vaal University of technology and he is pushing limits of his world.

Tshabalala has not allowed his rural upbringing to limit to him to the confines of his rustic countryside.

“I had passion for fashion and modelling at a young age. I won a couple of competitions in drawing, and that’s when I spotted my talent,” he says.

While in high school at Mampoi High, he entered a beauty pageant competition called Mr and Miss Mampoi High. This experience led to another pageant of Mr and Miss Vaal University of Technology SCO in 2011, where he won 2nd prize. However as life would have it, his height could not pave a way into modelling.

But that didn’t dissuade this creative being.

“I started Miss QwaQwa beauty pageant in 2011,” he says. The pageant happen every year and its growing in audiences and sponsorship.

“We found partners like Maluti-a-Phofune Municipality and Disce hair beauty and academy.”

Due to the growing ability of the pageant, Tshabalala has started his own label called; lera V design. He gets to showcase his new designs at the pageant from swim wear, cocktail dresses, and evening dresses, and offers other designers to do the same.

In addition to making a fashion mark in his home town Tshabalala is also founder of Vaal fabrique fashion show at Vaal University of Technology.

Tshabalala is set to make a quality and stylish difference in fashion.

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