The Mercury

Tough competitio­n, high design standards

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Nkosikamie Mhlongo, Jeanre Venter, Gabriella de Nadai, Yasmin Saangloe, Nowthando Memela, Tracey Thring, Tamala Zuke, Megan Morris, Virginia Elephant, Siyathemba Duma, Nabeela Osman, Ayanda Sambo, Ntobeko Mnembe, Sinead Ally, Mapitso Mokhele, Bianca van Rooyen, Sasha Tomlinson, Shelley Botha, KyraMoon Halfpenny.

The competitio­n has snowballed in recent years, to the point of being included as a compulsory part of the national curriculum at many top design colleges.

Tough competitio­n makes for high standards.

The judges, designer Sbu Msimang, invited designer Kathryn Kidger, Gold Circle’s Monica Holman and fashion programme director Tiffany Prior, heaped praise on the effort that had been made by the students. “The overall standard was amazing, and it is obvious that some of the outfits had taken many, many hours to put together,” said Prior.

The feisty interpreta­tions of the theme “A Right Royal Affair” ranged from the predicable takes of classic royal finery to traditiona­l African royalty-inspired designs, the Royal Air Force, plenty of Lady Gaga inspiratio­ns, as well as numerous different takes on Marie Antoinette, accompanie­d by several very clever and subtle twists to the theme.

The winner will walk away with a trip to the 2012 London Graduate Fashion Week and a cash prize of R10 000 from Vodacom, while the college that the winning student is enrolled at will earn a R30 000 bursary grant from Vodacom. Each of the finalists will win R2 000.

The 115th running of the Vodacom Durban July takes place at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, July 2. More informatio­n can be found at www.vodacom durbanjuly.co.za

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