Clermont designer wins trophy

2016-11-08 06:00
S’baby Pearl Zondi with one of her designs. Photo: nosipho mkhize

S’baby Pearl Zondi with one of her designs. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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A CLERMONT designer, S’baby Pearl Zondi (36), recently held a fashion show themed “Unique Sophistication” at the Clermont Hall.
The show featured various categories, for slim, average size and fully figured women.
“The reason I featured mixed categories is because I wanted to show people that I cater for different sizes and I also wanted to show the community that a lot of women are super models whether they have big or small bodies. “The exciting news is that I won the best table at the arts and craft event in Clermont. The judges were impressed by the way my table was presented and I won a trophy and a medal.”
Zondi was born and raised in Clermont and her passion for designing clothes began as a hobby.
“I matriculated at Mqhele High School, however, at that time I didn't know which career to choose. I got married at 18 and became a housewife. I used to try out new things with fabric because I was bored at home.

“My husband saw my talent and bought me my first sewing machine.”
Her love and passion for design grew so she studied fashion designing in 2005.

“I did a two-year diploma at Lindiwe­ Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion in 2005, which at that time was called ‘clothing design’.

“While completing my diploma I would design clothes for friends and family. The highlight was when I designed my first wedding gown as part of our assignments and we were given the opportunity to enter fashion design competitions. Fortunately, my gown took first place.

“I then entered fashion shows in events called Shadows in Clermont and Comfort Zone, and then every year I attended the Vodacom Durban July to showcase my designs.”

Zondi registered her business - S'babys Couture - in 2015 after seeing her designs becoming popular.

“At the moment I handle everything myself, but when it gets really busy I hire an assistant.”
Zondi is planning on taking her business further by doing catering and interior decoration for parties, weddings and other events.

“My biggest wish is for my clothes to be showcased every year at the Durban Fashion Fair.

“The good thing about my designs is that I cater for all sizes in women's fashion, casual wear for men, and sometimes I do church uniforms.”

In her spare time she like to socialise.

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