De­sign­ing woman

Hold onto your pins and pat­terns, fash­ion fundis – Din­tle has designs on a new ca­reer!

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In August 2013, Din­tle (Ma­paseka Koe­tle) took Tino (Clint Brink) and Erin’s (Lor­cia Cooper) cash in ex­change for adopt­ing her baby and went to study fash­ion in Cape Town. But lazy Din­tle was back in Joburg for more money three months later. Now she is get­ting a sec­ond shot at be­ing Din­tle the de­signer, thanks to Layla’s (Natasha Suther­land) of­fer to groom her for suc­cess on Thurs­day 27 July. And on Thurs­day 3 August, Din­tle’s baby­daddy Quin­ton (Brighton Ngoma) even of­fers to pay her stu­dent fees again. “This is a chance for her to prove to ev­ery­one that she can run a busi­ness on her own,” says Ma­paseka. “She loves fash­ion. She’s al­ways wanted to be a fash­ion mogul.” The queen of tacky could soon be putting clothes on the rack and on your back…


Din­tle’s drive and am­bi­tion could make her a model de­signer de­spite her vul­gar taste. Bet­sey John­son, for ex­am­ple, can be as gaudy as a pea­cock that flut­tered into a Claire’s Ac­ces­sories rack. “Even though her fash­ion sense is all over the place, she knows what she is talk­ing about. She knows a bit about clothes and fash­ion and she reads a lot about it in mag­a­zines. When you have that per­son­al­ity, it goes well with what­ever fash­ion you come up with,” says Ma­paseka. The fact that Din­tle doesn’t sew is no prob­lem once she and Phindi (Pretty Ncayiyana) shake on a deal on Tues­day 8 August. And Didi Cou­ture (why be mod­est?) is born!


But if there’s one pat­tern that Din­tle loves more than any other, it’s the short­cut. Din­tle has al­ready cut cor­ners by not go­ing to col­lege and that de­ci­sion to go full steam ahead without a for­mal foun­da­tion leads to a big blun­der on Wed­nes­day 9 August that could sink her busi­ness be­fore its even launched. “The main prob­lem is that she is not pa­tient. She tries to de­sign things but it doesn’t work out. And when she surfs the ’net, she sees some­thing that looks nice, that’s when she starts get­ting this idea,” ex­plains Ma­paseka. For now though, let us have our dream of wear­ing a Didi dress and look at how the soapie brought Din­tle’s designs to the screen.


The brains be­hind Din­tle’s Didi Cou­ture is Scan­dal!’s head of wardrobe Cor­lene Fursten­berg. “They asked me if I could draw and I said no. I didn’t even try,” laughs Ma­paseka. Cor­lene re­veals that “the start­ing point for all of this was to fol­low the story to find out where Din­tle is find­ing in­spi­ra­tion, then ac­tu­ally do as the char­ac­ter did. So I started on the in­ter­net look­ing for what’s hap­pen­ing glob­ally in fash­ion weeks, see­ing the big­gest trends. I had to think like Din­tle – what would be nice for her. What colours she would find in­spi­ra­tional and what would draw her at­ten­tion; it might not be the most prac­ti­cal gar­ment. One of the top trends we picked up from 2017’s run­aways is fring­ing and that’s some­thing that would ap­peal to Din­tle. Fab­ric-wise, it’s winter now and vel­vet is still big. Skimpi­ness is true to Din­tle’s char­ac­ter, so that might not be a fash­ion trend but we tried, keep­ing in mind that it’s a fam­ily show, to show a bit of flesh here and there. We had great fun with this!”

Am­bi­tious Din­tle is drawn into the fash­ion world.

Din­tle gets celeb Zaida Zwide into her gowns.

The Scan­dal! team cre­ated a web­site to in­spire Din­tle.

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