2015 LISOF Fashion Show: Winners

The LISOF annual fashion show took place on Saturday, 28 November at The Tin Factory, Kramerville. This prestigious event has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and is now considered by A-listers as one of the most relevant on South Africa’s fashion calendar.

For any fashion design student it’s a dream come true to showcase on a platform on par with an international fashion show. And indeed, this year’s event had all the flair and fame to make the creative gods quiver. Inspired by Roger Ballen’s ‘Asylum of the Birds’ and themed accordingly, students were challenged to experiment with silhouette, proportion and functional detail.

“The main objective of our annual fashion show is to create opportunity for our students and to nurture and promote their style instincts. Creative design begs for a platform and every year we give our students the most stylish of occasions to showcase their achievements and their passion for fashion”, says Shana Rosenthal, CEO and founder of Lisof.

The show was produced by Jan Malan of Umzingeli Productions and from castings to fittings to the show night, the experience for the students was of how a real working fashion show comes together. Not only were Fashion Design students showcasing their designs, some volunteered to model too. All make-up was done by LISOF Make-up artist students using MAC Cosmetics. Fashion commercial students were dressing the models backstage or ushering guests front of house. The whole affair was a working team of Lisofians.

“What makes every year’s fashion show different is the student’s inspiration to think outside his or her style box; not necessarily to dare to be different, but rather to dare to cross their own creative boundaries. What we saw this year is refreshing. This is also what we at Lisof aim to achieve with our students. There are no boundaries in creative design. Whether you are a writer, an architect, or a fashion designer – the imagination is infinite. Lisof’s challenge is to make this brave philosophy our students’ mantra,” says Rosenthal.

Fashion gurus, top fashion designers and influencers from South Africa’s retail and fashion industry attended the event. The judges were; Rich Mnisi a Lisof graduate who won best Ready-to-Wear Collection at the 2013 fashion show and owner of OATH; Felicity Spies, an entrepreneur and the owner and creative director of Egality; and Colin 0’Mara, editor in chief of the trendy Gaschette Magazine.

Theirs was no easy task. Combinations of urban chic, traditional flamboyance mixed with a hint of the modern and lines and textures that permeate the future of design, were the judges’ challenge.

The winners of the 2015 Lisof’s fashion show are:


  • Best Avant Garde: Emilia Nagel, “Paint by Numbers”

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  • Best Menswear: Muntu Qwelane, “Urban Euphoria”

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  • Best Ready to Wear: Nhlanhla Masemola, “Period pains”

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  • Best 2nd year student: Jolandi van de Merwe

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  • Best 1st year student: Kgahlego Pisti Kewana



While Rosenthal says that for the winners it’s a culmination of a year’s hard design work and for Lisof, it showcases why it’s renowned as South Africa’s premier fashion academy, Emilia Nagel says the Lisof fashion show creates an opportunity for young upcoming designers to be recognised by the retail and fashion industry.

This year’s fashion show highlighted the creativity among our youth. Prospective students who are keen to explore a career in fashion or retail can contact Lisof for career guidance or register now for 2016 courses.

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