Kasi designer on the right stitch

2015-11-19 06:00
 Fashion designer Thobinceba Qambela showcased his designs at a fashion show recently.

Fashion designer Thobinceba Qambela showcased his designs at a fashion show recently.

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Despite being a first year student, a budding fashing designer from Lower Crossroads, has set his sights on the horizon.

Thobinceba Qambela, 20, recently hosted his own fashion show at the Savio Community Hall in Claremont, where he wowed the crowds with his cutting-edge designs.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology student showcased his ladies’ and men’s signature under his label, Thooby Cooper.

He designs dresses, suits as well as ready to wear garments; a far cry from where he started as a matric ball dressmaker.

“Ever since I was young, I was very good at drawing and I used to do a lot of sketch making. At school I used to get high marks in the technical subjects and at around grade 10 I started designing matric dresses,” said Qambela.

His growth and interest in fashion became bigger as more and more people demanded his garments and he decided to study design after completing his matric at Peakview High School in Athlone.

He told City Vision that he decided to host his own show, which spanned two days, becaused he felt he had too many items to showcase.

“I felt that the public needed to see my work as I had been designing and producing so much in the last few months.

There were so many garments that the show had to be conducted over two days,” he said.

He said that he was very pleased with the reception he received and that the show hasspurred more interest for his designs.

He said that this was not his only achievement as he also had to overseeyoung models who lacked experience on the catwalk.

This is part of the bigger project that he is conducting with three other design students, where they give young up and coming models the heads up.

“We recruit them and groom them after they audition and we were happy to see them showcasing their ability at the event.

It does not end there, we want to continue using them so that they grow their portfolio, which will be good for their careers in the long run,” he said. He said that as his brand grows he hopes to grow his home-bred models.

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