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.



A runway report of ‘Woman is a Word’

posted on November 26th, 2017 by LISOF

by Reneilwe Masekoameng

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images by Lebogang Ditibane and Taku Dlamini

illustration by Taku Dlamini


“The collection is about women empowerment,” says Dlamini. Describing her collection as a labour of love, third year LISOF design student, Taku Dlamini, showcased her first ever collection “Woman Is A Word”, and the crowd was enthralled!

Confidently bringing the feminine and masculine energies together through the skillful use of needle and thread, Dlamini’s collection reminded the audience present that the force (and future) are – without a doubt – female!





Inspired by a group of feminist artists reclaiming the female body through music, photography and art in the 1970s, the “Woman Is A Word” collection not only celebrates the female form, but also challenges the concept of the idealised female body.  “The collection is about women empowerment,” says Dlamini. “It’s basically saying that women can wear whatever the f*ck they want, and not be defined by the limitations of what society says a woman should look like.”

Parading down the runway to a an upbeat techno soundtrack, her models moved effortlessly down the ramp in skilfully stitched garments of asymmetrical cuts with well thought out embroidered details by illustration artist, Karolina Koryl, and handmade accessories by Darius Dirker.

The collection further emphasized the energy and qualities of the feminine and masculine – and their fusion – through the clever use of fabrics and textiles; with soft textiles such as poplin, ribbed jacquard, pointe knit and poly cotton voile representing the feminine and stiff textiles such as sateen and bengaline suiting to represent the masculine.

With immense talent, an extraordinary eye for detail and design, and the passion of 10 humans combined, Taku Dlamini is definitely a force to be reckoned with! Be sure to give her wonderfully curated Instagram account a peek to keep up with the adventures of this marvelous little human as she navigates the big bad world that is the fashion industry.

Love and light,



The future of fashion takes to the catwalk

posted on November 25th, 2017 by LISOF

LISOF, Africa’s most progressive fashion design and retail education institution, is presenting its 23rd annual fashion show on 23 November 2017. The event also marks the 10th anniversary of the school’s Pretoria campus.

“Nobody with an interest in the future of fashion can afford to miss this show,” says Shana Rosenthal, CEO and founder of LISOF. “Our students are working on the cutting-edge of design, and the industry is sure to sit up and take note of the talent on show this year.”

The first-year design students will showcase a collective range called Afrique Nouveau. Second-year students took their inspiration from global and local issues with their theme of Urban Refugees. The third years were given free rein to draw on their personal journeys and come up with creations that reflect individual themes.

The LISOF fashion show takes place in Pretoria’s trendy industrial chic 012 Central. “We couldn’t have asked for a venue that fits any better with our brand and our students’ talents,” says Rosenthal. “The atmosphere and ambiance will be the perfect backdrop for the style and standard of design that set our learners apart from their counterparts.”

Adding to the style and glamour is the contribution from regular LISOF fashion show sponsors MAC and ghd. As in previous years, these brands will ensure that the models’ hair and make-up complement and enhance the skill and artistry of the garments they wear.


“Registration for next year’s courses is open now, hence the fashion show is a great opportunity for prospective students and their parents to get a taste of what we offer,” says Rosenthal.

LISOF presents short courses, higher certificates, bachelor degrees and a BCom Fashion degree, the only qualification of its kind in South Africa.

LISOF’s degrees in fashion and retail are well sought after in the industry, and its alumni can be found in key fashion and retail positions across the world, working in disciplines that ranges from design to marketing, styling to buying, and merchandising to photography.

LISOF x Tammy Taylor MRS SA COLLABORATION – Engineered Denim

posted on November 18th, 2017 by LISOF

by Caileigh Jayne Davis

LISOF has the reputation of being the most progressive fashion design school and retail education institution in Africa. Our alumni populate fashion and retail environments throughout the world and our degrees in fashion are well sought after in the industry. Being at the educational forefront means that LISOF doesn’t follow the crowd but leads it, whether it is through education or tackling hard topics like sustainability in fashion and shining light on to reengineering fast fashion.

A first of its kind in fashion, LISOF and Tammy Taylor Mrs SA have collaborated to create amazing ball gowns from recycled and pre-loved denim which the Finalist donated themselves. This collaboration brings to light the importance of sustainability, these one of a kind pieces will be worn by woman who showcase that being a pageant finalist is more than what people think, Tammy Taylor Mrs SA is a movement that shines the torch on real women. Real women with real lives, real curves and real problems.

With sustainability being a topic of the zeitgeist this collaboration will bring the importance of re-engineered fashion to the public domain, allowing LISOF to showcase the importance of sustainability in particular to reengineering denim and how we as a community can combat recycling in a fun and fashionable way.

Upcycling is an international trend aimed at decreasing wastage and supporting sustainable lifestyle practices. In the fashion industry, upcycling is being employed to transform old stock inventory into reengineered garments with a ‘slow-fashion’ appeal. Each garment that will be seen at the Tammy Taylor Mrs SA Pageant, has been designed specifically for the finalist wearing it, showcasing how a fast fashion pieces of clothing can be stripped back to is raw fabric and a designer garment created from this.

In the 21st century it is everyone’s responsibility to understand the importance of sustainability and do something about it. This collaboration is a step-in educating the public on the importance of understanding where your clothing is made LISOF CEO, Shana Rosenthal says that LISOF’s Reengineered Denim project wants to place the sustainability of fashion in the limelight. “LISOF has made it its mission to educate consumers on reengineered fashion. Just because you bought a jacket or pair of denim pants last year, doesn’t mean it can’t be this season upcycled denim reengineered designer must have garment.”

The months of hard work by our design team at LISOF Adriaan van Dyk and Balki Yaheda paid off when the finalists took the ramp on the night of the show. The crowd cheered, the ladies strutted and we were so proud of the designs, the hard work that went into this project and the topic of sustainably that was at the for front of the conversation.

Journey of ‘The Future Consumer’

posted on November 9th, 2017 by LISOF

by Artho Eksteen


Fashion and trends are two totally intertwined concepts that are impossible to function without the integral link between them. Trends are repeatedly influencing the fashion industry, while the fashion industry is simultaneously creating and amplifying new trends. This is not just applicable for the fashion industry but also other creative fields or companies wishing to establish a brand with impact, resonance and relevance.

WGSN is one of the leading trend establishments in the world. They combine cutting edge technology with the creativeness of the human mind to capture and make available deep insights into the passionate creative world. The WGSN conference “The Future Consumer” held in Cape Town on 9 November 2017,  continued to build on this reputation and provided a great opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and engage.

The WGSN speakers provided a global insight on how to adapt your brand to attract the future consumer. The conference featured a mix of international and local speakers, each with their unique perspective. Andrea Bell and Lisa White from WGSN discussed ideas such as emotions, how to implement this into your brand and how this is taking effect on a global scale.


The local guest speakers included Duncan McLennan and Michael Leslie from the Cape Town based creative agency ANDPEOPLE, and Brain Mtongana from Woolworths provided insight on the future of the South African brand and consumer. Other guest included multimedia and visual artist Trevor Stuurman and head of collaboration from Adidas, Luceny Fofana.

Ample networking opportunities were created, taking place on the rooftop venue overlooking the trendy Cape Town city center. With attendees from across South Africa working in a variety of creative industries provided excellent networking opportunities and insight into the fashion and other creative industries within South Africa.

The WGSN conference created the opportunity to experience WGSN from a fresh perspective, other than the already excellent interaction from behind a computer screen that many in the fashion business cherish already. More importantly, meeting the people behind the research and platform exposed the human side of the agency and provided a more enriching and personal interaction. This conference was an outstanding learning platform for any individual wishing to be a part of the fashion and other creative industries today, but, more importantly, tomorrow.



Key takeaway: “We live in an everchanging world. Making sense of this all and understanding trends shaping the future are necessities to make an impact now and in the future.


Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair: Creative Mornings, Johannesburg

posted on October 18th, 2017 by LISOF

“The way of a pioneer is…” – “to invent” and “to create”

I left my crisp white sticker blank… I didn’t want to define the word for what it is, that only limits its meaning.

I wanted to explore the word and see what it means to me. I mean it’s 2017, it is rare to discover something utterly new. We tend to take what is already known and manipulate it into what we need from it.

We suck up inspiration like Dementors. Though they (dementors) fear the light we create our own patronus-

And that is what a pioneer means to me, to be an inspiration-sucking dementor that creates patronuses in all shapes and sizes deriving on the positive force. 

We sat down for the  THE TALK, not the awkward birds and bees one. On the contrary, this talk was far more enlightening.

 Tapiwa Matsinde whom I now adore, spoke about shining light on Africa as a continent and showing how different our cultures and traditions are. Though we are all Africans we are not one massive tribe with one history. She also spoke about how challenging it is to write about designers who don’t want to identify as ‘African designers’ because of the limitations and how the rest of the world will automatically place them in a box to what they stereo-typically expect to come from Africa. I related to this because as a future designer I have to ask myself; HOW DO YOU WANT THE WORLD TO PERCEIVE YOU? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GENERATE IN THEM WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON?

Katherine-Mary Pichulik sparked a new credo onto me, her productivity method. She spoke about how she would find something and with that she will research any and every possible history of that something (from mythical beliefs to all types of connotations) and from that she will interpret a new tangible modish art. Her process consists of deconstructing and reconstructing in all forms until she has the best design. That is when the thought dawned on me, sometimes you have to do something a million times over (cough cough CRD) before you get it right.

The third guest speaker,  Moran Carl Munyuthe said that art and what you create is literature, that “your work becomes poetic”. That is something I’d love everyone to aspire towards. To create something that will live in the yonder of our existence. As Shakespeare wonderfully concluded in his Sonnet 18 “So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee”.


At the end of THE TALK, we enjoyed the rest of the market with amazing designers which ranged from shoes to clothes to bags to jewelry to unicorns and the most cutest stuffed animals ever! AND THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!


written by: Monaisha Le Fleur

Human of LISOF: Drew Henry now working at Celine

posted on September 8th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Drew Henry graduated from LISOF in 2007 and went off to the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London where he completed his BA Honours in Fashion Design and Marketing, First in his Class in 2012. He then went on to achieve his Masters in Womenswear in 2014. He is now a Junior Designer for Celine (RTW: ready-to-wear). Drew is what we affectionately call a “Human of LISOF”. As with all LISOF Alumni who have been on campus throughout the LISOF’s 24 years, we are immensely proud to know that they are working in the industry both locally and as Drew, abroad.

Here is a look at Drew Henry’s 2012 collection:


“Geometric patches of brightly dyed African springbok skins on crisp white suits and pleated white cotton dresses. “It’s a mix of workwear, menswear, and traditional beadwork and patchwork inspired by the work of photographer David Goldblatt,” says Henry.

On his springbok-skin drama:

“When we were working on this collection, the menswear shows were going on and Raf Simons had used the same color springbok skin as I wanted to use! I thought it was going to ruin everything but it ended up being fine.” – Drew Henry

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Design: limitless innovation

posted on September 4th, 2017 by LISOF

The vast realm of Design allows for endless opportunities to create and innovate.

Focusing on Fashion Design per say, this offers you the perfect pathway to make a name for yourself – like so many others have done for decades.
If this sounds attractive to you, why not consider LISOF to obtain your Degree or Higher Certificate, this is the ideal way to fast track your career and have a platform to launch you into the world of Fashion!

LISOF which is known for its reputation as Africa’s most progressive Fashion Design & Retail Academy offers exciting qualifications with excellent subjects that include garment construction, textiles, pattern design and technical drawings, trend analysis and creative design, to get those juices flowing even more!
The world of fashion must never be underestimated for its business and economic contributions – this is why LISOF’s Fashion Design courses have a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.
So if Fashion Design is appealing to you, why not contact us for some career guidance.

To start your career in fashion contact us to apply to write the entrance test and received a tour of our fun, creative and talent-filled campus.

Apply Here


posted on August 28th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

On Thursday, 17 August 2017, the super-charged preparations for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, JHB, were well underway… and can we (the people of Joburg) just mention how excited we are to have it back on our urban-doorstep! We (the Lisofians on duty) made sure that our batteries were fully charged, Oh! and we took the expected effort of dressing-up to impress the photographers. Since we are still in the spirit of women’s month, I had my girls Samu, Brittney and Anel, this time around, assisting me on covering some juicy fashion jubilations. Readers… are you ready to strut down with us through the Mall of Africa and be a part of yet another Fashion Week in Johannesburg?



We arrived very early on this day to get our media tags and to prepare for the unexpected. We were only set to watch the Spero Villioti show for the night – the show’s concept was quite similar to the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 collection, with the models in colourful faux dreadlocks. The AFI Experience was filled with enthusiasm and excitement since everybody was interested to see how this new concept/collaboration was going to be executed. La Familia, Innani and Swanker Republic “tornadoed” this evening to greater heights through their gusty collections. Performers , Frank Casino and Nadia Nakai graced the stage to entertain the crowds all the while Samu got a clean cut from Legends Barber Shop, all the way from Eldorado Park, South of Johannesburg.

I mean, nothing can stop the gale force of fashion week. People came out in numbers, even if it meant for them having to bear the striking cold wind. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week blew us off guard by bringing along the strongest Cape Town wind as its guest of honour while giving us the lowest winter temperatures for Joburg. You couldn’t tell if people looked hyped with excitement or if they were just shivering out their pants – but none the less, people still came out to slay. Thankfully, we were able to get a hot beverage from Starbucks (fashion week sponsors) to keep our bodies warm for a short period of frozen time. The media lounge also gave us time to warm-up and socialise in-between shows through the catered Boschendal wines, Skyy vodka and decadent finger platters (thank you sponsors).

Day one’s overall experience was hair-raisingly fun and fashion blasted.


Day 2

The girls and I were dressed by the ready-to-wear brand Solanga and we made sure that everybody took note of it (and us) through the infamous impromptu photoshoots that are synonymous with fashion week. The first show we watched was the Mall of Africa Show, which included Karen Millen, G-Star Raw, Gerry Weber, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Democratic Republic and Hackett London.

The second show of the night featured Orapeleng Modutle, Adama Paris and Khosi Nkosi. It was my first Modutle show and I am now an official fan of his work. The dresses were beautiful, feminine and whimsical with the spring season being the main ingredient to the overall theme. The runway experience started with white/ crème dresses, then to soft blush pinks and finally to bright pinks framed in a beautiful motion sequence. The Adama Paris show featured beautiful white and orange “little” dresses and dynamic shorts highly appropriate for the anticipated African Summer. Khosi Nkosi never disappoints and her show was once again extremely fun to watch, with her #bossladymindset shining through her colourful work of art as it played on the runway.

As we celebrated the power of creativity over at the AFI Experience, Sakhile, of Sasha collection, amazed the crowd as he entered the show in a mini cab. The crowd got super excited as models stepped out of the cab and started catwalking the ‘IZulu Lami’ collection. The hurried atmosphere and fashion-hungry vibe we experienced from this day left us all hyper excited to wake-up and dress-up for the final day of fashion week.



Day 3

The last day of fashion week was upon us and the street style welcomed us to the event in a loud voice of colour and print combinations. The star of the day seems to be the skill of mix and matching something gingham with African prints. Even tourists from Belgium had to make sure they captured the trendy gingham style. Everyone was wearing inspiring selections…even us! The lovely tops worn by Lala, Samu and Nondy, were made by our own 2nd Year Fashion Media Lisofian, Dana Oelofse.

Today’s lasting impression began with a large group of dapper, dandy, daddies. There was some serious catwalk excitement for the Quiteria and George S/S 17 collection, Carol’s something on the way smells like teen spirit. The collection’s preview, which featured on their social media platforms, got people so intrigued that they reached a great capacity for this show (go media!).

Just before the Stephanie Morland and Shana Morland show, familiar faces such as, Dr. Smile, Boity Thulo and Adv. Thuli Madonsela, had the crowd on their feet as they walked onto the runway wearing shirts that read “we should all be feminists”. The attendees also received a shirt in celebration of women’s month in an attempt to raise awareness for their cause.

As we end this adventure, it’s important to reflect on what has set this Fashion Week apart from its predecessors. Here is our list: The brutal unfashionable wind, cups of liquid-love coffee, plenty of smiles and an introduction to a youth-fashion cultural experience. There were sensational shows from both the AFI Experience and the actual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Shows. The AFI Experience invited us to experience high-street fashion and has left a lasting impression. The entire experience made us aware of who people want to be and how they’d like to dress. We have also learnt that fashion is not always about pleasing other people but rather about being comfortable with yourself and with what you would like to express through clothes.


Thanks to all the people who put effort into their outfit selections and for allowing us to throw them some much-deserved compliments. Thanks to those who challenge the traditional way of dress in order to bring us new establishments. Special thanks to Tribeca PR and Trace South Africa for the fashion week experience.


Written by: Nondumiso Fatyela (@themarchwolf) and Brittany Paige and Anel Van Vuuren
Photographers: Samu Sibiya, Nhlalala Hlekane, Anel Van Vuuren, Nondumiso Fatyela and Jamaica Skepers
Edited by: Nondumiso Fatyela


LISOF x EDGARS UP-CYCLING COLLAB: Reengineered Denim Project

posted on July 27th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

LISOF and Edgars have joined together to up-cycle denim product into new designer garments. 2nd year Design students at LISOF, were given youth brand denim product and briefed to up-cycle, reengineer and consider sustainable fashion practices when creating their one of a kind garment. These pieces will be available to purchase at a selected Edgars store. This project has aimed to shed lights on the sustainability of fashion and the role that LISOF has taken to educate consumers on reengineered fashion. The pieces showcase the design skills of the next generation of designers whilst touching on social issues of sustainability and up-cycling.

The Engineered Denim fashion showcase on the 16th of August will show consumers, media, bloggers and fashion retailers what exciting product will be available for purchase and to create a fun atmosphere around these new fresh faces to the fashion industry. Their amazing technical skills and guidance from Edgars buyers as well as LISOF lecturers, have helped these second year students up-cycle denim products to a one-off must-have fashionable items.

Pre-launch of this project, we invited the public to vote for their favourite denim fashion illustration. During this stage, students were still designing and conceptualizing their vision onto paper. Each week for four weeks we changed the illustrations on the LISOF website and here are the TOP 4 winners:

Week 1 Sarah Mutshipayi

Week 2 Natsai Musasike

Week 3 Kearabetswe Sekati

Week 4 Andrea Figuera

Up-cycling is a world trend that sees many collaborations happening to avoid wastage and to realize the fact that consumers are educating themselves on sustainable lifestyle practices. We have all heard the saying reduce, reuse and recycle – therefore this theory has been applied from old stock inventory into reengineered garments that have the ‘slow-fashion’ appeal and are fashionable again. At the official launch night, two selected students word will be awarded Best Up-cycled Womenswear and Best Up-cycled Menswear.

Click HERE to see more!

These #engineereddenim products will be available at Edgars in Menlyn for the public to purchase end August.

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