The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Fashion and Textile department hosted day one of its Annual Fashion Show, at The Durban Station Event Space, last night (Wednesday) 02 October 2019.
DUT’s Head of the Fashion and Textiles Department, Sunthra Moodley said that the purpose of the Fashion Show is one of three combinations, entailing of hard work, opportunities of showcasing the students’ individual work to the public and Fashion industries.
“This is not an easy course; it is a lot of hard work to get where they are now. It takes alot of commitment, management skills, and patience to get to the point of showcasing their designs. We gave students this platform because this is their graduation year to showcase their work,” said Moodley.
Third-year Fashion and Textiles student Alexandra van Heerden, said: “I just want to get my name out there, get few contacts and network with people, so that in the future I may get job opportunities in the fashion field. I drew my inspiration from people on the streets, in Durban, who paint themselves white, so that is what really inspired me to do these designs.” She further emphasized that she is very proud of what she has done and worked tremendously hard and thinks all the fashion students did very well too.
Another Fashion and Design student, Diva Mobedi said her inspiration is on the issue of lobola, and gaining exposure on the subject through fashion.
An Exchange Programme between DUT and Minjiang University from China gave the Chinese students an opportunity to also showcase their work at the fashion show, Quan You said he wants to get involved in this kind of co-operation and was inspired with the colour used by DUT students, which is very different from the ones they use in China.
The Fashion and Textiles students will also showcase their designs this evening, (Thursday)3 October 2019, with the winners being announced on Friday, 4 October 2019.
Pictured: DUT Fashion and Textiles students showcasing their work at the DUT Annual Fashion Show.
Sanele Xaba/Nomkhuleko Thutshini