Designer wins at The July

2018-07-18 06:01
Winners of the best dressed couple at the Vodacom Durban July were Wayne and Leandi Redgard from Irene’s Models with designer Brenda Warring in between them.PHOTO: supplied

Winners of the best dressed couple at the Vodacom Durban July were Wayne and Leandi Redgard from Irene’s Models with designer Brenda Warring in between them.PHOTO: supplied

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HOT on the heels of winning in the category of most striking couple design at the 2018 Vodacom Durban July, Brenda Warring sat down with the Maritzburg Fever to explain the work she’s doing in Pietermaritzburg and why she chose to be a designer.

Currently a dress maker specialising in wedding and evening dresses as well as a fashion design teacher at the Project Gateway School on Burger Street, Warring said that her love of dress-making came at a very tender age.

“Before I could go to school I had already learned how to sew because my mother taught me,” said Warring who by the time she was in Grade 4 had already made her first garment.

Warring then attended college for two years where she won the designer of the year award for both years. “I love what I do but it has been very challenging because in fashion you always need to change and can never present the same thing.

Therefore I am always striving to be different in my designs but also making sure that I remain true to myself,” emphasised Warring.

Warring only entered one category at the Durban July this year and to her surprise — won, having previously featured in the top three in the years before.

“It was very surprising and I was even interviewed by Top Billing and was on live television,” she said.

She added that along the line, her passion has taken her to different places such as Project Gateway where she currently teaches the underprivileged.

“After taking this job I have not looked back.

It is so rewarding seeing students come in as insecure people unsure of themselves and then knowing at the end of the year when they are more sure of themselves and more positive, knowing that i contributed in that,” said Warring.

Leaving with some parting wisdom, Warring said that to make it in the fashion industry one needs to be fully committed to the trade.

“There will be tough times and lots of long hours.

“I remember this one time I worked till three in the morning and then had to leave at four for the July. Most importantly as well, is that you manage your time efficiently,” she said.


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