Building fashion at the new Lisof fashion building in Pretoria

posted on November 1st, 2015 by LISOF

Open Day Pretoria October 2015, was held at the under-sonstruction site of LISOF’s new campus at 326 Hilda Street, Hatfield in Pretoria. Young aspiring fashionistas were guided around campus and given the opportunity to learn how to silkscreen. The best t-shirt design and print was voted by the public via social media and  won a part-bursary, valued at R40 000.

Follow us on Facebook HERE to see all the creative designs!

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Life after Lisof

posted on October 28th, 2015 by LISOF

From studying fashion then off to the real world, listen to these Lisof Alumni talk the business of fashion.

Lisof Alumni Video

Winners of the #OpenDayJhb Bursary Competition

posted on October 21st, 2015 by LISOF

Congratulations to the winners of the #OpenDayJhb competition. These two ladies participated in the printing fun at Open Day on the 19th September this year.

Ivy, Grade 12 and Bianca, Grade 11 both win part-bursaries worth the value of R40 000 each!

Contact us to start your career in fashion:


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Ivy, Grade 12 Voted the best Design on Facebook and Instagram

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Biance, Grade 11


Behind the Seams of the Fashion Industry

posted on October 20th, 2015 by LISOF

Alexa Chung, British model and TV presenter, is on a mission to investigate the hard work behind the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry. She teamed up with British Vogue to do a docu-series, interviewing designers, lecturers and industry people.

Here are the first 5 episodes that will surely offer you insight as well as inspiration to study fashion.

DIY Dior

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The Dior Spring Summer 2016 show blossomed scalloped petal edges and the classic black blazer worn over almost everything.

#LisofLoves the layered chokers and was inspired to do a Dior DIY Choker Tutorial.

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  • Piece of material – floral patterend in a muted tone
  • Ribbon / petersham – flesh toned
  • Your grandmother’s cameo, or brooch – go for purple
  • Safety pin


  • Wrap the material around your neck, wrong side showing and overlap, close with safety pin. Turn inside out to hide pin.
  • Thread cameo through petersham ribbon
  • Tie ribbon around neck, over the floral material, wrapping two or three times – making sure the cameo is sitting left off centre. Tie at back.


  • Add a loose low pony tail, parted right off centre.

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Images: Vogue



Student Technical Drawing Showcase

posted on October 16th, 2015 by LISOF

In the world of fashion, technology is a reality. From laser fabric cutters to state-of-art sewing, printing and knitting machines – computers are vital to the innovative techniques in the fashion industry. This includes drawing.

At Lisof, students are taught computer illustration skills to design their own fabric prints and patterns, create story boards for briefs and design garments in a technical drawing manner. Technical drawings are used in factories to communicate detail, design, fabric, colour and more. Herewith are four Technical Drawings from Lisof 2nd year students that added their colour taste to the given print and placed the print in successful positions on garment that they designed (drew themselves). Click HERE to learn more about the courses offered and inquire today!

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Created by: Nebraska Aysen


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Created by Abigail Meyer


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Created by Jade Venter


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Created by Brittany Wallace


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Do you want to join the fast-paced world of fashion? Then put yourself in line for a first-class ELLE bursary to LISOF, whose graduates include the likes of Suzaan Heyns, Tiaan Nagel, Rich Mnisi and AKEDO’s Eleni Labrou.

Dean Hauptfleisch

Designs by past Elle Lisof Bursary Winner: Dean Hauptfleisch

LISOF has cemented its reputation as the most progressive fashion school in the country with graduates populating the upper echelons of the South African fashion industry. This year marks LISOF’s 21st anniversary as a fashion educator. Having started out educating designers, LISOF now staffs the fashion industry with buyers, merchandisers, stylists and fashion academics. Shana Rosenthal, founder and director, explains the journey, ‘We never imagined LISOF would grow into such a dynamic and progressive institution. I believe that our ability to engage in real conversations about what makes for great clothing and then to translate these is what sets us apart, creatively and educationally. We are always looking for the next big opportunity to move ourselves and the industry forward.’

LISOF offers a full-time BA in Fashion, a BA Honours in Fashion, a Diploma in Fashion and Higher Certificate in Fashion, as well as an exciting range of 6 month short courses, from design to make-up and pattern construction.

How to Enter:
1. Submit one sketch (A3 size) with suitable fabric swatches for each of the following categories: Denim Couture and Denim Street.
2. Write a motivation (no more than 200 words) for your designs.
3. Write a motivation (no more than 200 words) on why you would benefit from winning the ELLE Fashion Bursary.
4. Send your entry in an A3 plastic sleeve with a cover sheet indicating your full name, date of birth and full contact details to: ELLE Fashion Bursary Competition, PO Box 1284, Parklands, 2121 or hand delivery to 6 Eileen Road, Corner Geneva Road, Blairgowrie, Johannesburg 2194.
*Please include a certified copy of your South African ID document.

Rules to Enter:
1. To enter this competition you must be a South African citizen.
2. You must have successfully completed Grade 12 (or higher) or currently be in Grade 12 (National Senior Certificate Vocational) and pass it at the end of 2015.
3. Entries must reach us by 18 November 2015.
4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. The winner will be informed telephonically by Monday, 23 November 2015 and will be invited to receive the award at the 2015 LISOF Fashion Show.
6. The winner should be prepared to start his or her studies in the last week of January 2016.
7. The award is guaranteed for one year and thereafter at the discretion of the chief executive officer of LISOF. The continuation of the bursary funding will depend on the academic performance and the conduct of the winner. The award covers tuition only and does not include living expenses, traveling expenses, educational consumables, textbooks or equipment.
8. Please download the entry form below, print it and attach it to your entry.



Lisof Alumnus Kyle Henderson, Liquid Salt Active Wear Designer, opens stand alone store

posted on October 6th, 2015 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Who is Kyle Henderson?

Kyle is an entrepreneur and he has a passion for living an active life. These two …. came together to form Liquid Salt. A range of unique active wear designed and manufactured in South Africa.

Kyle Henderson

Lisof and Liquid Salt?

Kyle studied at Lisof choosing to complete the Design, Garment and Pattern Construction short courses. He learned the foundations of design and patterns and describes pattern making as “architecture that makes my designs come to life” He had no tertiary education. He calls himself “Jack of all trades”. He had never drawn before, had no fashion experience whatsoever and was actually not specifically interested in fashion as such. For him it was a new language.

The early days?

On completion of the Short Courses at Lisof, Kyle went through the small business trials and errors which is path of the course when starting a new business. In the beginning he would design, construct all the patterns and sew until early hours of the morning until he was able to employ a few ladies. Ten months of learning about working with stretch materials and the best machinery that works best with stretch materials, procurement of suppliers for fabrics and trims; plus recruiting and training staff. He was the pattern maker and driver and juggling many roles to make Liquid Salt work.

Philosophy of the brand?

With the motto “Just add exercise”, Liquid Salt is sweat! And with all his blood, liquid salt and love for the brand, he wants it to be thee active wear brand of choice. Liquid Salt is all about dedication, passion, health, wellness and the inspiration to transform oneself. The designs are bold, unique, vibrant and energetic and inspire confidence in the wearer. There is no compromising on fit and quality. The brand is about innovation and self-expression. He designs with a love of asymmetry and recycles materials creating one of a kind exclusive pieces!


Cricket legend @graemesmith49 on Instagram wearing Liquid Salt

Liquid Salt in Fitness Magazine

Liquid Salt features in Fitness Magazine

Percy Montgomery

Rugby Legend, Percy Montgomery wearing a Liquid Salt hoodie

Family Liquid Salt

Kyle Henderson’s nephew twins rocking Liquid Salt


The business of fashion?

Kyle explained that the best marketing tool is word-of-mouth. He never gave up on his dream and always persisted to create the best styles and quality. He explained that consignment was not a viable solution for him and that he needed to go straight to his customer. As an unknown brand starting out, he had on-line sales challenges as people did not know how the garments fit. His never quit attitude and entrepreneurial spirit pushed him to approach Cross Fit and he started Co-branding. He sponsors athletes so that the brand can get exposure to the market.

Brand Ambassador

Hanneke Dannhauser is the Brand Ambassador wearing Liquid Salt to all her sporting events

Kyle with Hanneke

Kyle with Hanneke

The Future of Liquid Salt?

Liquid Salt is available on-line HERE Plus in a brick and mortar store of its own in Lonehill! Kyle himself used his talent to create the visual merchandising display units, using gym equipment. The store is small, but unique and perfectly located near the gym. Kyle is hands on seven days a week. His goal is to be a sustainable business and eventually to sell overseas too.


Instagram: @liquidsaltwear          ////          Facebook:

Liquid Salt store in Lonehill

Liquid Salt stand alone store in Lonehill!

To study the Short Courses as Kyle did CLICK HERE to learn more!

Lisof One School at a Time Design Workshop

posted on October 5th, 2015 by LISOF

A few weeks ago, Lisof went to Forte High School in Soweto in partnership with One school at a time. To read more about it CLICK HERE.

The Design Workshop was held at Lisof, whereby the learners had to create unique doodles for a digital print. The Lisof team empowered each learner with a new skill and also exposed them to a creative environment. The learner who ‘doodled the best doodle” won a full bursary with Lisof, plus their image would be placed onto t-shirts for a fashion range.

Bronte at Lisof Design Workshop

Bronte teaches the learners about drawing and silkscreening

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And the winner of the LISOF One School at a Time Bursary is…


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Winner of Bursary

Winning Image created by Ntswaki Tlhale, Gr 12


#OpenDayJhb 2015 Printing fun

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On the 19th September, prospective Lisofians took guided tours of the Blairgowrie Campus. Each person was given a Lisof Passport on entry and then taken on a tour of all the studios and world class facilities. From the fashion design to fashion commercial courses, information about the variety of courses Lisof has to offer was communicated. Knowing that when you attend Lisof, you will have career guidance throughout your journey, plus many job opportunities along the way. To learn more about the courses CLICK HERE!


Everyone was given a Lisof Passport to tour the campus with an SRC (student representative council) Guide

At the #OpenDayJHB, printing techniques were taught in a min-workshop. From Silk-screening to stencil spray-painting, each person had the opportunity to print their own T-shirt to stand the chance of winning a part bursary valued at R40 000!


Printing Tools


Silkscreens ready and waiting


Welcoming party


Lecturers inform prospective students on the various modules offered


Textiles and styling


Student work on show


Pattern Construction


Student story boards




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