KZN Fashion Council assists designers

2015-04-30 14:55

FOR the first time in the Ugu District, the KwaZulu-Natal Fashion Council (KZNFC) held a forum to share information with fashion designers at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre on Monday.

Sincengile Ntshingile, KZNFC managing director, sat with 12 aspiring and established designers explaining what KZNFC is about and what it can do for them.

She said they started a drive to visit designers from rural districts like Ugu sharing information on how they can develop careers as fashion designers.

“KZNFC started a drive to inform designers about programmes that are available to them and to get feed-back about the challenges designers are faced with,” said Ntshingila.

Ntshingila explained the four catagories and programmes they cater for.

“We have four catagories of designers - aspiring designers who are in design school or colleges whom we provide information with about accredited schools, provide bursaries and assist in finding them internships in the industries, junior designers with a qualification but who need practical training and emerging qualified designers, but who have no business training.

She said the council runs a three-month course where they acquire retail training, pattern drafting, business skills, labour laws and fashion laws.

The last category is for established designers.

Ntshingila explained the different platforms the designers can engage and participate in with the assistance of KZNFC.

Ntshingila said she feels fashion shows have been abused and have become entertainment or money-making schemes for event organisers.

“Fashion shows should have fashion buyers, an audience, media and marketers, not just family and friends screaming for your line.”

Ntshingila advised the designers to check the levels of fashion shows they choose to participate in.

She said the aim is to see fashion deigners progress to international level.

Fashion designers from the district raised some of the challenges they are faced with at district level.

Hope Maxwell said material and beads are expensive, there are no facilities­ or machinery available for them, they do not have a structure to represent them and that only TVET’s offer fashion design.

Ntshingila advised the designers to form a “cut, make and trim” hub for local fashion talents and assist each other to develop other skills.

She invited designers to “like” the KZNFC facebook page to keep in touch and be informed about the programmes available for them

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