Its that time of the year again when, the Durban University of Technology’s Department of Fashion and Textiles holds its annual Fashion Show. 40 third-year students will be showcasing their designs, with the best 20 ranges featured at the final showing on Friday 5 October at the DUT Sports Centre on the Steve Biko Campus.
Meena Bagwandin, Fashion and Textiles Lecturer, said the months of dedication and commitment of the final-year students culminates in a fashion show, which is a much celebrated event. “The show affords them a platform to expose their current talent by fulfilling a design brief.” Students had to chose fabrics, embellishments, accessories and consider various elements, including personal style and focus on quality, to showcase their work.
Students were tasked to put together a cohesive collection of seven fully-accessorised outfits that are reflective of their personal development, style and character. This year’s theme, “Fibres of my Avatar,” was chosen to drive the designers to think outside of themselves, adopt a persona, concentrate on appearance and manifest an alter ego, hopefully enabling risk taking and a change of perspective on why and with what we choose to adorn our bodies and what intricate layers and fibres make up our beings.
Fashion and Textiles Acting Head of Department Sunthra Moodley said, “The theme focuses on a journey of self-discovery of the designer, a journey to express ones identity and make a social statement. All ranges are visually well presented with the right amount of creativity, and style. It involves visual thinking, planning, coordination and the show boasts a diverse range from avant-garde to commercial clothing.”
The panel of judges will include established designers from the local fashion industry. Sponsored prizes will be awarded to the best designers of the Most Innovative Range, Most Commercial Range, Best Range on Show, Best Technical Range and Best Menswear Range.
This year’s event starts on October 3 until 5 October 2012 at Fred Crookes Sports Centre on Steve Biko Campus, tickets cost R50 and will be available at Computicket and at the door.