An array of colour pattern fabrics, masks, meshed nets, plastic food packets, cone-head hats, blockworks and rubicube-inspired designs dominated the podium for the final day of the Durban University of Technology’s Department of Fashion and Textiles Fashion Show, held on Friday, 5 October 2018 at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre on the Steve Biko Campus in Durban.
With the theme being “Art of Fashion”, the 25 design students were each given the opportunity to interpret, design and showcase their style of what fashion means to them through their individual interpretations, at the prestigious gala event.
According to the third year design lecturer and creative director of the event, Gideon, he added that for the 2018 theme “Art of Fashion”, students were given a blank canvas, for which the cut, fabric, proportion, detailing and composition were formed together to present a ‘final painting’.
This year’s panel of judges included the Holmes Bros, Roman Handt, Amanda Jaffar, Papama Ramogase, Santa Lupte and Clive Rundle. Prizes were sponsored and awarded to the best designers in the categories of Most Innovative Range, Best Range on Show, Most Commercial Range, Best Menswear Range, Best Technical Student, Merit Award and a Recognition Award.
Speaking at the event, Dr René Smith, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design, welcomed everyone to the event as well as thanked all those who had played a pivotal role in putting the fashion show together.
“A big thanks goes out to all the staff and students of the fashion department for their hard work and those who had worked tirelessly behind the scenes. You (students) inspire me and many people. Thank you for the inspiration, we (DUT) know, going forward, we have to procreate with you (students). We are also very thankful to all the judges for their expertise and input in judging the students,” she said.
Judge Papama Ramogase was very impressed with the talent from the students. “There is so much talent in Durban and South Africa as a whole. It was really nice to read up on the students’ inspirations for their designs and how they got to their final products. I think there is so much potential, and it was not easy as I thought it would be in terms of judging as there are so many winners. We (judges) created a new category because the talent is so immense. I am really looking forward to what will come out from DUT students for the future and fashion as a whole,” she added excitedly.
Judge Santa Lupto from Truworths also felt that the ranges were of such a high standard and calibre. “The thing that impressed me the most was the innovation. I see a lot of potential and fabulous careers that are going to be launched. Truworths is a company that stands for innovation and its lovely to see students’ brands that we can relate to as star brands,” she said.
Besides the 25 students showcasing their ranges, Fikile Sokhulu and Zane Ngwenya also gave a glimpse of their stunning garments which they will be showcasing in Beijing.
After much deliberation, judges announced the winners in various categories.
The Judges Award went to Lungile Dlamini and Victoria Boshoff. The winner for the TFG Award for Creative Culture was Lungile Dlamini. The Truworths Fashion Award went to Ayanda Hlophe. The Three Merit Awards were given to Kingdom Sibiya, Fezokuhle Dimba and Hlengiwe Gumede. The Recognition Award had joint winners, Nasreen Paruk and Victoria Boshoff. The Best Technical Student was Anya Louw. The Roy Holmes Award for the Best Menswear Range was Katekani Moreku. The Most Commercial Range award went to Samkelisiwe Mbatha. The Most Innovative Range went to Anya Louw. The Best Range on Show went to Alec Sosibo.
Both Paruk and Boshoff expressed their excitement on their joint win. “Both added that they had put their heart and soul into creating their designs and were thrilled to share the moment together.
Giving the vote of thanks, Head of Department for Fashion and Textiles, Sunthra Moodley, stressed that all 25 students were winners for working really hard.
She especially thanked her staff who worked tirelessly to ensure the students were on track and for putting together such a spectacular event.
“Many of the students pushed the boundaries by incorporating fabric manipulation and fabric printing techniques into their designs and this is what has made it unique. Each range that has been produced is a reflection of their style and their character,” she said. Moodley also expressed her thanks to all sponsors, students and staff for making the show a great success.
Pictured: The Recognition Award joint winners, Nasreen Paruk and Victoria Boshoff for their thought-provoking designs.