A runway report of ‘Woman is a Word’

posted on November 26th, 2017 by LISOF

by Reneilwe Masekoameng

original article: https://fiveheadfashion.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/woman-is-a-word-by-taku-dlamini/

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,



Hello Fashion Student Ambassador

posted on August 24th, 2016 by LISOF

Hey fashionistas, my name is Gabrielle. I’m a first year student at LISOF and I’m going to be studying at LISOF for a year. I am studying the Higher Certificate in Fashion because I really wanted to get an overview of the process involved in fashion and what it’s really all about.  What I love most about fashion is visual communications and I think fashion and communication go together really well. Previously to studying at LISOF, I completed a qualification in marketing and communications.

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Being at LISOF I feel so inspired by all the talent and creativity that the school has to offer. I want to take my skills that I’ve picked up at my previous varsity and at LISOF to promote and communicate the different talent that our country has to offer. That’s why I love Hello Ambassador, because their Creative Festival is about linking you with people that are in the creative game and unexpected local creative industry players from fields such as; visual artists and graphic designers (though you will probably meet some great ones) they go beyond these creative classes to technology, music, entrepreneurship… The workshops happening 1-3rd September, will be multifaceted, which is what makes being under the roof or on the cultural streets of Joburg (depending on which day you go) so interesting!

I would encourage anybody to go to this Hello Ambassador Festival, because anybody can be creative. At any given moment we can come up with ideas that shake the city and it’s not always defined by what we have studied or where we work. Being creative is about ideas. This festival will be filled with creative people and inspiration and that’s what I am proud (and honoured) to promote. Support local talent and be inspired!

Purchase your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2b0lIh4

Hello Ambassador


Info Talk at LISOF Hatfield

posted on March 15th, 2016 by LISOF

Want to be a fashion buyer, travel the world and identify global trends and translate them for the South African market? Or maybe you want to create clothing patterns for a successful chain store that supplies thousands of units to the nation! How about a fashion photographer where you can shoot models for catalogues, magazines and fashion look books?


Join LISOF to be this and so much more!


You are invited to the LISOF INFO TALK at the Pretoria Campus

2 April from 9am – 1pm    ///    Contact Cindy or Melissa to book your space: 012 342 0069

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Watch LISOF 2015 Fashion Show on DSTV Tonight!

posted on February 15th, 2016 by LISOF

Ayanda Fashion House

Say yes to new adventures

posted on January 12th, 2016 by LISOF

It is a new year, 2016, and we look forward to what our students will be creating during their year of studies! Plus we look forward to what this year will bring the world in fashion trends and influences.

From rough sketches to final designs and trend forecast story boards to bridal make-up looks – we will endeavor to showcase student work on the LISOF blog and social media pages:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisofFashion/

Instagram: @lisof_fashion

Twitter: @lisof

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lisofs/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LisofFashion


Herewith Shana Rosenthal, CEO of LISOF on SABC 3’s Expresso Show, as well as; Dean Hauptfleisch of WITH (LISOF Alum), Muntu Qwelane – Winner of Best Menswear Collection and Emilia Nagel – Winner of Best Avant-guarde Collection 2015 talking fashion careers as a viable option in South Africa. Study at LISOF by contacting a Sales Consultant today!



The Foschini Groups wants Lisofians

posted on December 11th, 2015 by LISOF

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Truworths wants Lisofians

posted on December 10th, 2015 by LISOF

The first Network Event was held on the 3 December at LISOF Blairgowrie campus, whereby 3rd years were afforded the opportunity to meet and greet fashion industry HR managers. After the launch of the BCOM in Fashion which will be effective from 2017, students were then quick-interviewed by companies such as Truworths, Cape Union Mart and Edcon group. Top SA retailers and fashion industry companies want LISOF students and alumni, as they know that Lisofians are equipped with the talent, skills and work ethic that will make for successful leaders, team players and innovators.

Click the Job Opportunity images below from TOP SA Retailer: Truworths. 

If you have any queries, please send to: gradrecruitment@truworths.co.za 

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Mac make-up used on the latest 007 movie

posted on November 4th, 2015 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

How the dead came to life in Spectre’s epic opening scene, with a little help from makeup designer Naomi Donne

The dead are alive. Dancing to the heartbeat of a steady drum, spectres twirl through the dusty streets of Mexico City in a march for the Day of the Dead. On this day, spirits of the departed are welcomed to pay their respects to the living, a colourful celebration of a time when the veil between the two worlds is at its thinnest.

Among them, a man with a licence to kill. His face concealed by a grinning skeleton mask, he is jolted along by the flow of the crowd, another ghoulish groom with his “Catrina,” icon of the afterlife, by his side. But this assassin has eyes only for his target, the elaborate ritual swirling around him a mere backdrop to his deadly mission.


According to makeup designer Naomi Donne, this epic cinematic spectacle “is the most visually exciting opening to a Bond ever.” And, as the woman responsible for overseeing makeup for the 1500 extras who bring the scene to life, she should know.

Working with a team of 100 local makeup artists in Mexico City, Donne and her crew collected thousands of Day of the Dead references from across South America while conceptualizing the shoot. From traditional texts and as interpreted by high-fashion visionaries, “these are the looks we then executed,” she explains. “But the artists pushed it even further, using airbrushing and other techniques, to beyond my wildest dreams.”


To ensure smooth sailing on the day, “every single face had to be made up, charted and photographed weeks before we shot the sequence.” Working with the team on the ground via WhatsApp from her base in the US, “they would send images for me to add my notes.” It’s no wonder Donne describes the scene as presenting “the biggest challenge of my career.”

Luckily, she had director Sam Mendes on her side: “Sam liked it and went for it – because he has very good taste and a strong sense for the aesthetics of a piece. He often wants to push things to create a visual impact, and he told us, ‘you can go as far as you want. I love this look’.”


In the event, special palettes of M·A·C Chromacake were created for each “character” –waltzing Catrina, skeleton bride or groom. “We also had to ensure that the products would last all day on the shoot – 12 hours in the heat of the city,” adds Donne. But also, “we wanted it to fall apart a little. If it was dripping a little and slightly smudged, there was an authenticity to the look.”

Of course it’s Bond himself, emerging from behind his mask, who brings the authentic scent of the macabre to this Day of the Dead.


Words by Ruby Warrington (maccosmetics.com)
SPECTRE ©2015 Danjaq, MGM,

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TMDanjaq. All Rights Reserved. Photos by Stephen Vaughan and Jonathan


At Lisof, we are in partnership with MAC Cosmetics for all make-up students to use this premium product. To learn more about how you can get your career as a Make-Up artists started contact:

Telephone: 086 11 54763

E-mail: info@lisof.co.za

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

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Rugby Legend, Percy Montgomery wearing a Liquid Salt hoodie

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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: https://www.facebook.com/liquidsaltdesigns

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.

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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


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