Open Day Joburg 2017

posted on July 11th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Book your place at OPEN DAY this Saturday at Blairgowrie campus. Join us to discuss careers in fashion, studying at LISOF and speak to lecturers about subjects such as Visual Merchandising, Design, Media, Buying, Computer Design, Business and more. Bring your latest report and you can write the free assessment test, plus there will be a Fashion Show on campus, showcasing student work.


Contact us for any further details: 086 11 54763


Open Day 2017

posted on February 23rd, 2017 by LISOF

Book HERE for LISOF Open Day 2017.

Write the assessment test and you will be able to enter the Converse Design-a-Sneaker competition* to win various prizes. Take a tour of campus to explore classes, speak with lecturers and learn more about the BA Fashion Degree, BCom in Fashion (Retail) and other courses offered. LISOF is known for acclaimed alumni Lisofians such as; Roman Handt, Rich Mnisi and Suzaan Heyns, but don’t forget that LISOF has built strong relationships with all the major South African fashion and accessory retailers too, that afford opportunities for current students to earn-while-they-learn. In celebration of the strong retail affiliations, Cotton On and Typo will have a Pop-Up-Shop at Open Day on campus!

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Poster cred:

Photo by: Fashion Photography Lecturer, Francki Retief

Creative Director: CEO and Founder, Shana Rosenthal

Styled by: Visual Head, Heidi Svendson

Make-up by: Head of Make Up and Course Developer, Janine Mc Nulty

Model: 1st Year student, Lindsay Kim Koch

Garments by: Bruny Dusabe from 2016 Industrial Romance collection

Poster graphics by: Computer Lecturer, Taryn de Munck

*Terms and Conditions Apply

  1. To enter the competition you need to write the LISOF assessment test first at Open Day.
  2. You need to bring along your latest academic transcript and copy of your ID.
  3. First 40 candidates will receive 1 Converse sneaker (either left or right foot) to create, refashion, draw and paint on in a limited time period! If all the shoes are taken, the candidate will receive a paper template.
  4. Theme of shoe design: WHAT DOES A LISOF CONVERSE LOOK LIKE?
  5. Candidates will then need to take a photo of their sneaker and post it on their own Twitter/Instagram/Facebook page. MUST tag Lisof AND use a specified hashtag (tbc) as well as a short caption explaining your design. The published post on Facebook MUST be set to public and profiles on Instagram MUST be set to public.
  6. Spot prizes will be awarded on the day and prizes for the social media competition will be confirmed shortly – stay tuned!
  7. LISOF reserves the right to vary, postpone, suspend, or cancel the competition and any prizes (which have not yet been awarded), or any aspect thereof, without notice at any time, for any reason which LISOF, in its sole discretion, deems necessary.
  8. Your entry into the competition means that you agree and understand that you will stand a chance only to win a prize and that there is no guarantee that you will be receiving any prize.
  9. By submitting an entry the contestant agrees to the publication of his/her name, sneaker image and or photograph of person on the LISOF website, social media platforms and marketing communications and materials.
  10. The prize/s is/are not transferable and may not be deferred, changed or exchanged for cash.


Watch a snippet of OPEN DAY Jozi 2017:



15 LISOF BCom Degree in Fashion Bursaries on offer!

posted on May 10th, 2016 by LISOF

Lisof, Africa’s most progressive fashion design school and retail education institution, is thrilled to announce its newly accredited

BCom Fashion Degree.

As the pioneer in fashion education, Lisof will start its new Bcom Fashion Degree in January 2017. This addition to Lisof’s course offerings is truly unique in the fashion education landscape, as it recognises that the market for employment in the fashion industry has shifted towards contextualised business disciplines, such as fashion retail.

“With its balanced focus on the science, art and business of fashion, this programme seeks to address major skills gaps within our enormous fashion retail industry, and by honouring the reality that fashion is about so much more than just trends, style and design,” says Shana Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Lisof.


Fashion is a serious business, and as recently reported by the online publication, Business of Fashion, globally, fashion is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry that employs millions and impacts the daily lives of billions.

“Our new BCom Fashion Degree will allow us to explore collaborative opportunities between fashion education and the business of fashion. It is our responsibility as educators and experts to supply the industry with exceptional and extraordinary talent,” adds Rosenthal.

Three fashion retail industry experts, Devon Retief from the Foschini Group, Stuart Marsh from Polo and Lisof Alumni and fashion entrepreneur, Tiaan Nagel, all echoed each other in saying that a BCom Fashion Degree is long overdue for the industry and that they welcome Lisof’s decision to pioneer this course.

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The mixture and combination of courses utilised in Lisof’s BCom in Fashion illustrates a balance that serves to develop an understanding of the art and discipline of both fashion design and manufacture. This approach is built around developing students into the mould of a multi-disciplined manager within the retail environment or a specialist planner, merchandiser or buyer.

This BCom Degree aims to deliver the following outcomes:

  • An in-depth understanding of the business of fashion
  • Adaptability to all areas of the fashion retail market
  • A strong base in business and commerce
  • Competent critical and analytical thinkers
  • Competency in data correlation tools, e.g. Excel
  • Being abreast with important retailing trends

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The course offerings include:

  • Business Studies & Management
  • Marketing & Brand Management
  • Consumer Buying Behaviour
  • Economics:
  • Financial Accounting & Management
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Merchandise Planning & Buying Management
  • Textiles and Fashion
  • Fashion Practice
  • Experiential
  • Trend Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management

“This BCom Fashion Degree will require a strong numerate student and will have the same entry requirements for BCom Degrees in other tertiary institutions. It is indeed a wonderful opportunity for prospective students to join highly successful alumni who have made waves not only locally, but also in the international world of fashion,” says Rosenthal.

Lisof is a private tertiary institution fully accredited by the South African Council of Higher Education and, by being the first college to launch BA and BCom degrees in fashion in the South Africa, a pioneer in fashion education.


Stand a chance of receiving a part-bursary to study the Bachelor in Commerce in Fashion Degree at LISOF. How?

Do you have a minimum of 80% in Pure/Core Maths OR a minimum of 60% in Maths Lit? If yes, you’re half way there.

Next you will need to come into campus and write the BCom Assessment Test – Pass mark = 80%

There are 15 part-bursaries on offer and you could be one of the lucky people to start your business in fashion career at LISOF. The 15 winners will be chosen by the CEO and Course Convener.

Book for your assessment test (which is at no cost) today:

To write at Johannesburg campus, call Tania on 011 326 1698 or email

To write at Pretoria campus, call Cindy on 012 342 0069 or email

Top 10 Careers in Fashion

posted on April 22nd, 2016 by LISOF

With the launch of the first Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Fashion in South Africa, CEO of LISOF, Shana Rosenthal, outlined the top 10 career paths pupils could consider in the fashion and retail industries:

Buyer Designer Planner

  •  Planner: Merchandise planning is a systematic approach aimed at maximising return on investment through planning sales and inventory to increase profitability. It’s all about ensuring what the customer wants is available through research, sales tracking, employee training, buying and maintaining the visual aesthetic of a store.


  •  Buyer: Fashion buyers use their sense of style, knowledge of fashion trends and understanding of their target customers’ desire to create an attractive selection of apparel for retail stores. Retail buyers are the brains behind which products or garments are sourced and stocked in advance of a coming season for retail outlets.


  •  Merchandiser: Fashion merchandisers are on the apparel production side and analyse market trends, production costs and previous sales numbers to determine the product direction manufacturers will need to take each season.


  •  Designer: Designers are the creative geniuses who work on the design of clothing, accessories and fashion ranges.


  •  Trends forecaster: Trend forecasters predict upcoming trends and reignite trends that are on the decline.


  •  Pattern engineer: The pattern engineer creates the blueprint or pattern pieces for a particular apparel design.


  •  Production manager: The fashion production manager position calls for a person with a passion for detail and an organised mind.


  •  Stylist: Fashion stylists are responsible for bringing to life a photographer or director’s vision for a fashion photoshoot, layout, commercial, print advertisement or music video.


  •  Brand manager: The brand manager’s job is to rev up fashion sales, which can only be done by having a fantastic knowledge of fashion and marketing techniques such as brand equity and consumer buying habits.


  •  Fashion media: This is the world of fashion writers and photographers, fashion public relations specialists, publicists, journalists and bloggers, who help apparel companies and retail stores build and maintain a favourable public image.


Join us for OPEN DAY to learn more about what LISOF has to offer! Plus stand a chance of winning a part bursary when you enter the Silk Screen Tee competition!

Book by phoning:

7th May at Hatfield Campus: 012 342 0069

21st May at Blairgowrie Campus: 011 326 1698

NOTE: INFO TALK with Academic Head happening on the 29th April 2016, 2pm. LIMITED SPACE so Book your space as soon as possible by contacting Tania: 011 326 1698 ///

Higher Certificate in Fashion

posted on April 13th, 2016 by LISOF

The Higher Certificate in Fashion is a fully accredited 1 year Full-Time programme that offers a wide range of subject choices relating to fashion, from the design disciplines through to business subjects. Our courses have been developed by leaders in fashion and retail with a view to giving you the most progressive and relevant education in the business.

Our balanced curriculum provides a solid foundation in all areas of the fashion industry – commercial, creative, technical and contextual. It will also provide seamless access for successful graduates to the Diploma in Fashion (with 65% Average) or the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion (75% Average) programmes.

Download our full course brochure and find out why you should apply for our Higher Certificate in Fashion or contact us to book your assessment and find out more about our fees. (Click image below)

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posted on March 30th, 2016 by LISOF

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Careers in Fashion: Trends Analyst

posted on November 20th, 2015 by LISOF

Trend Analysis is a vital component for the workplace today. Knowing and being able to observe, understand and translate what your customers’ needs and wants, means that you can cater to them. Your customers world changes daily and being able to translate their need and wants into tangible solutions can give your brand/label the edge. Trends are about observing and understanding these changing consumer worlds and being able to create solutions from that. Trends is about understanding how one thing influences the next and about making sense of the chaos that is our world. – Elizebeth Croeser, Lecturer at LISOF

When you study a BA Degree or Diploma in fashion, you will study how to research trends, how to use them in design, commercial and fashion media and be able to present trends boards to clients in the fashion industry. This module opens doors into an array of careers such as:

Trend Analyst and Forecaster, Fashion Buying, Fashion Designer, Social Media Marketing, Fashion Writing, Fashion Marketing, Advertising, Styling, etc.

Herewith a Trends project created by LISOF students:

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