Fashion show - designer’s delight

2016-11-23 06:01
 Models in Tessa van Rensburg’s designs.

Models in Tessa van Rensburg’s designs.

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NUMEROUS students from the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion have been selected by internationally renowned designer, Greg Wallis, after their annual fashion show held at city hall over the weekend.

With over 40 years’ experience in the fashion industry, Wallis, has designed for stores including Edgars, Truworths and the Hub. He has also designed for London stores, the Vodacom Durban July as well and the latest Christiano Ronaldo denim collection.

“I am lucky to be a part of the show with such extremely talented students and to be a part of the judging process. Selecting the students was very difficult, but I am glad I can help them fast-track their careers in the fashion industry,” said Wallis.

Samihka Sivnarian, Claudia Novuka, Tessa van Rensburg, Zama Msomi, Mandisa Dladla, Leona Pillay and former School of Fashion pupils Ceri Williams and Martin John Steenkamp were pre-selected for either the eThekwini Municipality Fashion Fair or the African Fashion International, national fashion programmes.

The city hall was transformed into a fashion hub complete with an outstanding stage and runway, lights, cameras and all the action. The annual fashion show is the highlight of the year for the students from the school who work tirelessly to produce pieces fit for the Pietermaritzburg runway.

Almost 40 first-year designers had only nine months to get their pieces ready for the show. Designers were split into five themes - Princess of Africa, Kaleidoscopic Black, Street Beats, Geometric City and The Great Gatsby.

Showing that talent knows no age, designers ranged from youthful excitement to mature experience. After each set the designers came on stage soaking up the applause and cheers from the audience after their garments made it down the runway by models from Irene’s Modelling Agency.

Twenty second-year students showcased a variety of their designs, including bridal and swimwear.

Designers even showed their flair to create pieces for children with a couple of the younger models from Irene’s Modelling Agency strutting down the runway.

At the event was former UMgungundlovu District Mayor, Yusuf Bhamjee, who thanked School of Fashion Design principal, Priscilla Bhika, for her contribution to the fashion industry.

“It is an honour and privilege to be a part of the event. She [Bhika] has played a significant role in the lives of a number of designers. The show today has shown that there is a lot of creativity and innovation showing that Pietermaritzburg produces some of the finest South African designers,” he said.

Also at the event was May Mkhize who congratulated Bhika on a job well done.

“Halala Mrs Bhika. We can see where these designers come from and I encourage the designers to stay local and build the fashion industry.”

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