TUT De­sign stu­dents shine

Their in­no­va­tion stole show, writes

Pretoria News - - Good Life -

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.

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