Cutting-edge creativity from Durban July Young Designers

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Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion student designers, Vincent Orishedere (left) and Nontembeko Dingiswayo (right), with their outfits modelled by Felix Makhathini and Amanda Xulu at the first round of judging of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Monday.
Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion student designers, Vincent Orishedere (left) and Nontembeko Dingiswayo (right), with their outfits modelled by Felix Makhathini and Amanda Xulu at the first round of judging of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Monday.
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Seven Pietermaritzburg designers are among the 20 students chosen for the semi-finals of the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award.

They represent four different design colleges: Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion Design, the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion, Vega and the Fezile Fashion Skills Academy.

“It is quite amazing how, every year, the students rise to the occasion, and no matter what the theme is, they interpret it in their own way.”
Member of judging panel, Greg Wallis

The students designed a race day outfit based on the theme, ‘Birds of a Feather’, and provided the trademark cutting-edge creativity and technical innovation for which the competition has become famous.

Greg Wallis, one of the five judges on the panel that had to whittle the entry of 73 garments down to the 20 semi-finalists, said he was excited to see the emergence of talent from newer colleges in the region.

“It is quite amazing how, every year, the students rise to the occasion, and no matter what the theme is, they interpret it in their own way,” Wallis added.

“I must say that the research and thought processes that have gone into the outfits this year was quite incredible.

Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion designer, Lindeka Duma, is pictured with her model, Nombulelo Sithetho.PHOTO: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

“The energy and excitement among the students was incredible and when the semi-finalists were announced the way the students came together, whether they had won or lost, was overwhelming.”

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KZN’s hotbed of talented designers, who will be hoping to win the coveted young designer award are:

Phumlani Buthulezi, Nomfundo Meyiwa, Acsah Pietersen, Vincent Orishedere, Nombulelo Ngcobo, Lindeka Duma and Thando Nguse, all from Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion, which is run by Priscilla Bhika;

Mlungisi Mpanza, S’busiswe Dube, Nomathemba Zikhali, Portia Mkhize, Bernadine Singh and Zandile Mahlasela, from Lindiwe Khuzwayo Academy of Fashion Design;

Qhubekani Nzimande, Silindile Mzobe, Sduduzo Ntanzi, Gcina Ngcoya and Simangele Ngcobo from Fezile Fashion Skills Academy); and

Tashriq Chanderlal, Aliyah Hassim, from Vega.

The 2021 Vodacom Durban July takes place at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, July 3.

For more information, go to www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za

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