Congratulations LISOF Fashion Show 2017 Winners

posted on December 5th, 2017 by LISOF

Pitsi Kewana: Best Commercial 3rd year Range

What was the name of your collection and why?

The collection was called “Dr Jekyll & Ms Bloom”, and it was based on the idea of two personalities living in one person, but unlike Dr Jekyll & Mr Hide who were at odds with each, Dr Jekyll & Ms Bloom work in synergy & bring out the best in each.

Why did you select the fabrics you did?

I really wanted to draw on the historic tailoring elements that are inspired by Dr Jekyll. I wanted to use modernized tailoring & play with pattern-making principles to create new shapes & silhouettes. Using fabrics like Melton & suiting helped create shape & structure, and that was balanced with softer fabrics, like satin & cotton voile, to bring in elements of the Ms Bloom personality.

What finishes made your collection different?

There are certain elements that I really loved. From the accordion-type pleating in the sleeve of my 3rd look, to the deep pleats in the jacket of my last look. I think the application of tailoring principles really brought the collection together & made it look clean & luxurious.

What do you plan to do next year?

I’m hoping to get a job in fashion, possibly doing buying, and also working on my own range. I’m looking to enter either AFI Fasttrack or SAFW and see what happens from there. Mainly I just want to continue doing what I love – & that is making beautiful clothes for beautiful people.


 

 

Michola Sahlertz- Best Artisan 3rd year Range

What was the name of your collection and why?

The name of my Collection is ‘Nature Reclaimed’ -Manmade Structures that are abandoned and nature takes over them. And my sub-theme is ‘Origami’. The idea behind my range is that we as humans cannot exist without nature, even when we tear nature apart, it will still take over and in the end, we can only value the part nature plays in our lives. Bringing colour and joy to our everyday life.

Why did you select the fabrics you did?

I used suiting to bring in the structure and stability of ‘man-made’ objects and used cotton voile as well as mesh to showcase the softer, more inorganic side to how nature takes over. I used these fabrics in a neutral colour palette of navy, grey and white to also emphasise structure and the rigidness of man-made ideals.

What finishes made your collection different?

The finishes I used were the 1400 handmade felt flowers-all in different colours- progressing more and more in the pieces as the range develops. With the last piece being made up of only felt flowers and mesh.

What do you plan to do next year?

I am looking into starting my own business next year, but will be working part-time at local designers to gain more experience and to learn from those wiser than me.

 

 

Juanie Ferreira – Overall Winner

What was the name of your collection and why?

Unfolding structure. Rules are usually put in place as a way and means of providing structure. However, this collection is a metaphor for my design process, where experimentation with bending the rules unfolded into new possibilities of innovation. In terms of aesthetics, the collection is strong and structural, in combination with folds and drapes.

Why did you select the fabrics you did?

The fabrics that I selected were certainly unconventional. I revel in exploring the unknown and the unconventional and in so doing, ensuring that I do not limit my creativity, keeping it innovative. The combination of the various textures of the curtaining voiles, waffle weave toweling, ramie linen and stretch cotton viscose made my designs come to life. The voiles were also selected for its transparent property.

What finishes made your collection different?

I played around with design elements by, for example, exposing pocket bags and making them subtle features in stead of hiding them, such as tailored jet pockets that were constructed into and becoming part of soft folds. Some details were exaggerated, shifting it from functional to decorative, such as trouser pockets extending to the hemline. I payed close attention to construction details and quality, by finishing off exposed seams and hems with binding. There was also a LOT of hidden handwork involved in the finishing off of the final garment.

What do you plan to do next year?

I will continue to pursuing a career in design and position myself in a place where I am doing what I love every day.

 

 


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