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ELLE Rising Star Design Award embraces Africa

By Faeza
24 August 2015

ELLE’s Rising Star Design Award finalists range from the Mother City to Morocco. The awards in association with Mr Price (MRP) embrace 21st-century African fashion and digital technology says Elle Editor Emilie Gambade.

Entries for the competition have almost doubled this year, with an influx in entries from the rest of the African continent. “It has been thrilling to see strong entrants from other African countries embracing the competition and lining up alongside the South African entrants,” says Gambade.

The judges managed to jot down their selection to the following eight Finalists: Cara Geach (24) of Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Daisie Jo Grobler (20) of Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design, Stellenbosch; Diandra Haupt (27) of LISOF, Pretoria; Alexia Hechter (20) of Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design, Stellenbosch; Blünke Janse van Rensburg (21) of Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design, Stellenbosch; Bianca Messina (24) of Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Siyabonga Ntini (22) of Durban University of Technology; and Hamza Guelmouss (20) of Morocco’s Casa Moda Academy.

All garments will be featured in a fashion shoot for ELLE magazine and also on the ELLE website (www.elle.co.za) from 28 September. Readers’ votes for their favourite collection will be presented to the judges before they eliminate two finalists and select the top six. During AFI Africa Fashion Week at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, on 7 November, all six finalists will present their ranges as they compete to be named the 2015 winner of the ELLE Rising Star Design Award.

Official hashtag: #ELLERisingStar