Get­ting schooled

Su­per­star de­signer David Tlale is on a quest to find a new as­sis­tant de­signer – aka The In­tern.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - REALITY - Sea­son 1 Wed­nes­days (from 12 July) SABC3 (*193) 19:30 The In­tern By David Tlale

David Tlale knows what’s hot and what’s not. That’s why he’s turn­ing his style eye to the world of re­al­ity TV, but his new show The In­tern (2017- cur­rent) isn’t just about help­ing a young wannabe de­signer get their foot in the door. “We’re out to launch a ca­reer. We want some­one who’s going to add their own flair to the fash­ion field,” ex­plains David. And there’s the added ben­e­fit for the de­signer (and the win­ner): he or she will join the David Tlale fash­ion house. But be­fore that crown­ing mo­ment, there’s the small mat­ter of the show. David trav­elled across the land to find 12 young sew­ers, stitch­ers and fu­ture cou­ture mas­ters and put them through a 13-week in­tern­ship pro­gramme…

What in­spired this show? We wanted to doc­u­ment the jour­ney to start­ing out in the fash­ion in­dus­try. It’s tough and in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive to break into and we wanted the au­di­ence to see how hard these young­sters work to get their clothes on the run­ways. How is your show dif­fer­ent from other fash­ion se­ries like Project Run­way (2004cur­rent)? This isn’t just a com­pe­ti­tion. It’s an in­tern­ship pro­gramme and the “con­tes­tants” are here to learn. We’re teach­ing the in­terns new tech­niques and adding onto what they al­ready know. This is a lot more than get­ting one de­signer on the road. You’re no stranger to hav­ing cam­eras in your space. Film­ing is hectic. I’m not one for the cam­eras but I had to get used to them in my face all the time [Laughs]. What per­son­al­ity traits were you look­ing for in the fi­nal­ists? We wanted some­one who is will­ing to learn, who is able to take con­struc­tive crit­i­cism. The win­ner is going to join our team and we wanted some­one who’ll work well with us. And what is your favourite part of the show? Pro­fil­ing the tal­ent our coun­try has to of­fer. I can’t wait for everyone to see the in­ter­na­tional sur­prises!

David Tlale is search­ing for some­one to work for him – and only the most cre­ative will do.

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