Designer to compete in fashion reality show

2018-07-04 06:02
Kireshan Chetty, who will be a contestant on Project Runway starting this July, pictured here hard at work creating and designing fashionable garments. PHOTO: supplied

Kireshan Chetty, who will be a contestant on Project Runway starting this July, pictured here hard at work creating and designing fashionable garments. PHOTO: supplied

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ALTHOUGH he never studied fashion, or received any formal training, nothing has stopped Kireshan Chetty from excelling in the world of fashion.

Having previously appeared in television shows like Top Billing and Espresso, Chetty is now set to feature among some of South Africa’s most prominent and upcoming designers in the industry as he competes to win Project Runway South Africa ,which will air on July 10 on Mzansi Magic.

Speaking on the selection process for the upcoming reality show, Chetty said that he never thought he would be selected, having sent in his application minutes before the deadline and also experiencing almost every complication that could possibly happen in his practical interview.

“It was all very nerve wracking because, on the day of the practical interview, I had to use a machine that I had never used before . On top of that, three needles on that machine broke! Luckily, I survived and the next thing I know I got a call saying that I needed to do some psychometric tests in order to go through,” said Chetty.

No stranger to the fashion world, Chetty has competed in various race day fashion shows, including the Vodacom Durban July where he has regularly placed in a winning position since 2014.

Speaking modestly, Chetty says that among some of the people he has designed for are Miss South Africa and also Miss India SA, who wore one of his gowns in New York for Miss India Global.

“I have also designed and dressed the main actors from the movie Keeping up with the Kandasamys,” said Chetty.

Chetty, who is an architect currently studying towards his masters, said that he does not sleep.

“I am always on the job. During the day I do my architecture work and then at night I design my clients’ outfits,” said Chetty.

The most rewarding part about being a designer, for Chetty, is the feeling he gets from seeing the satisfaction on his clients faces.

“For me that is the best part of the job. Seeing a happy customer,” said Chetty.

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