Recycling garments the new trend

2019-12-04 06:00
Showcasing Kwanele Mafundital’s designs are (from left) Kiara Tomlinson, Vumile Ngcobo and Luyanda Zuma-Bhika.PHOTO: Paul Henman

Showcasing Kwanele Mafundital’s designs are (from left) Kiara Tomlinson, Vumile Ngcobo and Luyanda Zuma-Bhika.PHOTO: Paul Henman

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THE Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion Design recently hosted its annual fashion show last weekend at the Liberty Midlands Mall.

With the theme for this year’s show being “The Art Of Fashion”, the fashion school’s director Priscilla Bhika said for the 2019 event they included re-cycling and up-cycling garments as a new trend.

“What an exciting way to show our diverse cultures and our integrated society. Amazing, unusual and creative talent came to the forefront,” said Bhika.

She highlighted that the school has been training people for the challenging and ever-changing world of fashion.

“School of Fashion Design has spent 54 years keeping abreast and updating its brand,” said Bhika, emphasising that the heart of School of Fashion Design is one of authenticity and individual attention.

“We are continuously producing competition winners.”

Designers who showcased their work at the fashion show included Regina Xaba, Kwanele Mafundital, Thembeka Hlatshwayo and more.

Bhika explained that the school has fulfilled a vital role in the Pietermaritzburg business community by successfully educating and training 12 170 people in the art of fashion designing.

“The School Of Fashion Design’s vision is to create employment for all through means of practical education, in that way improving the quality of life for South Africans,” said Bhika.

Furthermore she said interaction is key and through such shows students are inspired and challenged to be the best they can be.

“This show is a celebrated annual event that has contributed in the launch of many designers’ careers in and around Pietermaritzburg. We are renowned by the industry due to the high standard produced by our students,” added Bhika.

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