Monday, November 21, 2011

TUT Fashion Going Beyond 2012

Tshepo Tshabalala

The Tshwane University of Technology's (TUT) annual year-end fashion show has to be one of the best methods of unearthing fashion talent in Gauteng or probably the continent. This year’s theme “Beyond 2012” had a showcase of eclectic, suave and elegant wear.

Africa's top fashion school held the event at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Lynnwood instead of the usual Pretoria State Theatre.The host for the anticipated event was none other than renowned fashion stylist, TV presenter, fashion journalist and lecturer - Noni Gasa who was dressed by one of the third year students at the university.

The ramp was laid out with a carpet of aesthetic grass done by the DVC Teaching, Learning and Technology school with Japanese lights to complete the simple yet trendy back drop to the fashion show.

Students from the first level right through to the fourth levels showcased some of the work they did during the year.  

It was an avant garde display of interesting fabrics from metallics to spandex complemented by creative and unusual designs.

Third level students garments were also judged on the evening by Mano Reddy, Marlize Boshoff, Creative Director of St. Lorient Fashion and Art Gallery Lucy Anastasiadis, fashion designer Sonwabile Ndamase and designer Tshepo Modiba.

The fashion department also boast some of the students achievements: Students showcased at the Joburg Fashion Week, at the Africa Fashion Week and Street Wine Competition.

One of their note worthy achievements is emerging designer, Christinah Steyn’s work that appeared in Vogue Italia in the New Talent section.

Over forty designers showcased their work, making  it another two  hour show with no interval.

The only challenge for the TUT fashion show is the volume of designers they have. One saw collection after collection for two hours straight with no interval, but a great show nonetheless that keeps improving every year.

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