Designer with a winning flair

2019-07-31 06:00
School of Fashion first year student Pamela­ Shabane in a bold black and white striped jumpsuit designed by Ayanda Mkhize. PHOTO: supplied

School of Fashion first year student Pamela­ Shabane in a bold black and white striped jumpsuit designed by Ayanda Mkhize. PHOTO: supplied

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THE month of July has been an outstanding one for Gateway School of Fashion (GSF) as second-year student Ayanda Mkhize walked away from the Dundee July with First Place in the Best Dressed Female Category for his two entries, this coming just two weeks after the Durban July, where his design was among the top 10 in the Classic Racewear Female category.

Mkhize won R10 000 for his first-placed outfits, which included a bold black and white striped jumpsuit modelled by GSF first-year student Pamela Shabane.

“My vision is to one day own my brand and a big textile company. I would like to invest in retail companies or shops as well,” said Mkhize, who added that the money he won will be going towards building his business further.

Mkhize said that he would also like to help other aspiring students one day achieve their dreams with visions of himself employing at least 1 000 employees in the future.

“I believe that all my dreams will come true one day. I see myself at fashion weeks around the world and I know that I am on the right path to achieving this,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize’s lecturers, Brenda Waring and Mbaliyezwe Ndlela, at Project Gateway and CEO of Project Gateway Pastor Jabu Mnculwane and his fellow students are very proud of him and his achievements and stated their happiness that his hard work and talent is being recognised.

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