TUT Design students shine
Their innovation stole show, writes
TSHWANE University of Technology (TUT) fashion and design students impressed at the African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week (AFIJFW), held last weekend, with their innovative designs.
Staged at Melrose Arch, these fashion fanatics presented their collections to an audience of influencers, fashion critics and the media.
Tenele Zwane, a third-year student crochet designer whose collection was inspired by desert dews and the sunset, stole the show.
Zwane presented two dresses, a summer dress in rhombus designs, as well as a formal knee-length dress with vertical patterns.
“I’m mostly inspired by natural landscapes and architecture hence the vertical lines and the rhombus patterns.
“My aim as a designer is to recreate handmade clothing, make people appreciate the art of crochet. I really hope they could also have a sentimental value for handmade garments that are stylish and can last for a very long time,” says Zwane.
Another designer who made a statement was Priscilla Kgomo, who wowed the crowd with her “psycho” unisex collection of heavy jackets and rope accessories.
Inspired by film and music, Kgomo’s collection included men’s shirt-dress in bright summer colours.
“I’m inspired by the things I see in movies, music and bring it to the streets. I’m all about producing none gender-based clothes that are sustainable. The ropes in my range are inspired by slavery. It’s more of a question of how we would have developed as African people if we were not tied into slavery,” says Kgomo.
Both these designers have a dream of becoming the best African designers who will represent South Africa on a global scale. Stay connected with them via Instagram @subtletdesigns for Tenele Zwane and @Srclothing96 for Priscilla Zwane.