Fashion design graduate spotlight: Shanae Van Loggerenberg

posted on June 26th, 2018 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

We shine the spotlight on fashion design graduate: Shanae Van Loggerenberg. This Human of LISOF graduated in 2017 with a BA Degree Fashion in Design. She knew that fashion was for her literally a month before class started and grew through the years to develop her graduate range: ‘Distressed Perfection’. She chose to study fashion at LISOF because it offered her the best academic theory and practical skills she needed to understand everything about fashion. The LISOF end of year fashion show has become a highlight on the calendar of many fashion buyers, media and bloggers, as it showcases the future of fashion from first year and second year collective ranges to the third year individual ranges.

“My inspiration came from things transitioning from perfect to imperfect and how we strive to be perfect, thinking it is beautiful when the truth is that being imperfect is more so. I thought the best way to show this was by making my designs all white and adding fine detailing to show how perfect imperfection can be” – Shanae about what inspired her 3rd year individual range

Shanae is now working on two fashion labels, one being her own; ‘Conform/Reinvent’. This fashion label will communicate how we choose to be the same as others and conform to rules laid out by society even if we do not agree and also how we can have our own voice within those societal confines. The second label she will be working for is an already established company. Watch the video below of a snippet of the beginning process of her graduate range filmed by another Lisofian, Altia du Toit, who is a BA Fashion in Media

“Background of the video: For a Fashion Media assignment I had to pick one of the fashion design students to feature in my video. And who else than Shanae!? I had to conduct my own interview for the designer that allows a viewer more insight of the designer and shed light on the annual LISOF fashion show.” -Altia

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Top 5 Best Dressed at The iHeartRadio Music Awards

posted on March 16th, 2018 by LISOF

From bold and metallic, to chic and lace, the stars definitely brought their fire at The iHeartRadio Music Awards, held in Inglewood, California on 11 March 2018. The iHeartRadio Music Awards’ annual event celebrates the biggest names in the business.

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Nominees are based on the music heard throughout the year on the iHeartRadio Station. Hosted By Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled, this event was definitely a fashionista’s dream.

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The stars gave us a taste of bold prints, metallic ensembles, and sheer lace, truly setting the bar high within the world of fashion. Here are LISOF’s top 5 looks off the red carpet.

5 Paris Hilton

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The heiress showed her appreciation for the event with her heart cut-out look paired with red pumps. Effortlessly chic!

 4 Hasley & G-Eazy

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The couple really brought the boldness with this look. We Are LOVING the metallic blazer over an all-black ensemble. Hasley’s bold print with sleek back top-knot has us stunned!

3 Chantel Jeffries

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Chantel is a metallic goddess, pairing this bold look with gorgeous gold strappy high sandals. She topped it off with a soft up-do. The nude make-up ties this look together so elegantly.

2 Madeline Petsch

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Petsch definitely made a statement with this plaid ensemble, pairing the look with a velvet purse and heels, giving her our number 2 spot on best dressed.

1 Jenna Dewan-Tatum

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The beautiful dancer/actress brought flames with this piece. The tribal inspired pattern on both the jacket and the crop bring a bold statement to this outfit. Jenna paired this look with an interesting bottom and simple black heels. This is definitely our favourite look of the evening!

Can’t wait to see what these celebs will be wearing next…

Fashion Month Recap: Drones, The Queen and A Whole Lot of Pride

posted on March 6th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

With fashion month coming to a close for it’s Autumn Winter 2018 showcases, it’s a great time to reflect on all that happened.

New York Fashion Week held the usual suspects such as Alexander Wang and his Matrix inspirations of black leather and the very on-trend barely there sunglasses. Tom Ford held a 1980’s revival with high-shine printed leggings and fishnets. But it was Nandi Madida who made sure to put SA fashion on the map with her NYFW debut.

On the other side of the pond, London Fashion Week became even more British as her Royal Highness made a F-row appearance for Richard Quinn. She then awarded designer Quinn with an award, in her name of course. We also bore witness to Christopher Bailey’s final collection for Burberry, a glorious affair celebrating Pride (amongst other things) with bold rainbow stripes and punchy puffer jackets, a whole lot of colour for a usually neutral-focused brand.

Over to Italy, we had dragons and severed heads at Gucci, for another fantastical show. Dolce & Gabbana also focused on slightly disembodied models, as a set of elegant drones carrying the brand’s latest handbags swished down the runway. It was certainly a statement, but left people wondering if models are soon to become redundant. This is what Anna Wintour thought of it all.

Closing off in Paris, we had gothic romance at Elie Saab and a total contrast at Hermes, with a series of bright! brighter! brightest!! looks. Following the footsteps of new Celine director, Heidi Slimane (who announced that in addition to a fragrance and XXX, Celine would now feature a menswear line) Jacquemus hinted at his new menswear collection with a slogan sweater announcing “L’Home Jacquemus”.


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Overall, we’ve seen a lot of 80’s inspired elements and XXXX.

Turn Your Higher Certificate Into a Degree: Here’s How

posted on March 5th, 2018 by Kira Gimpel

It’s pretty easy to see how fashion changes lives. From groundbreaking designs which inspire people throughout the world, to fashion aimed at making statements, politically, socially or otherwise. At LISOF, it’s entirely possible you’ve had your life change through the education you’ve received, and the network you’ve built. You’ve also put blood, sweat and tears into designing and creating or studied the various ways that fashion is incorporated into the greater economy. Perhaps you’ve sat up all night thinking of the best way to style an outfit. Alternatively, you may have studied a similar higher certificate at another institution, and now want to attend LISOF. However , you’ve definitely felt that ultimate feeling of reward, as you proudly look at your work and your well-deserved marks.

Now, it’s time to take that hard-earned Higher Certificate even further. Students who complete a Higher Certificate are eligible to articulate into either a Diploma or cognate Bachelor’s degree. This means that your dream of completing a three-year full time qualification in fashion is within your reach.

P.S. We have extended this to include other non-LISOF students who may want to apply as well.


Please contact us for all technicalities, terms, conditions and process

The Higher Education Act, 1997 (101) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) aim to promote lifelong learning within higher education. To this effect, candidates who have completed a higher certificate qualification and do not have prior access to a bachelor’s degree may apply via recognition of prior learning (RPL) for vertical access into a higher qualification. This articulation, especially when into a cognate qualification, will also enable the candidate to accumulate and transfer credits towards the new qualification.

Contact us at JHB; / 011 326 1698 or PTA: / 012 747 6400 to find out more.

The Best of Paris Haute Couture Week

posted on February 1st, 2018 by LISOF

All things beautiful and handcrafted, Paris Haute Couture Week has come and gone, leaving us breathless and lusting after high fashion pieces. From Christian Dior to Maison Margiela, we’ve also been inspired to take our design aesthetic to a whole new level. Check out some of our top moments below…


We expected all the usual elegance from this classic design house, known for their tweed and well tailored suits. This year, we also saw the addition of a short suit (groundbreaking!) and some bright pleats. Floral appliqué was everywhere and the finale was a truly breathtaking all white feathered tuxedo-meet-ballgown.

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Maison Margiela

High shine, but not with the usual sequin sparkle. Light reflecting plastic and holographic overcoats shone on for this show, with a futuristic treatment applied to beautiful garments. It’s the well-loved Margiela magic, and we’re so here for it.

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Iris Van Herpen

In a way that only she can, Van Herpen did the extraordinary and un-thinkable, creating waves in mid air. Delicate mesh dresses were covered in 3-D printed elements, creating a futuristic aesthetic with a heavy influence from the natural elements.


With multi-textured floor length gowns, in black or with tiered coloured skirts, Givenchy looked to shapes and silhouettes. There was a clear emphasis on fabrics, which allowed beautiful pieces to catch the light.

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Christian Dior

A simple mostly black and white colour palette, with anything-but-simple designs. Well made suits in a rich satin and a polka dotted tulle dresses were among the 72 looks on show.

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Welcome LISOF Class of 2018!

posted on January 31st, 2018 by LISOF

You know how it goes…new year, new opportunities!

LISOF has opened for 2018, and already we’re been off to a great start. This year, we’re focusing on finding brilliant talent, innovative creativity and an exciting event to showcase the best local and international design (more on that soon!)

After the success of our 2017 Fashion Show (and a well-deserved summer break) we’re ready to get our creative juices flowing, and get stuck into the year. Our new year registration is underway, and with our First Year Orientation, we showcase just what we do here. Along with the buzz of new students creating the absolute most out of recycled materials, there were new friends being made and only a little bit of (healthy) competition.

The winners ! #fashionshow #lisof2018 #lisoforientation

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Our highlights included a Calvin Klein inspired logo band on incredible drop-crotch, plastic bag trousers and some serious flare with a Lady LISOF outfit. Overall, the standard was high and ensured that all students got a feel for campus life at LISOF.

It’s safe to say, we’ve got a feeling that this year is going to be a good one. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter and Blog for more news to come!

Fashion Show 2016: Winner Best Menswear Range by Mikhile du Plessis

posted on December 6th, 2016 by LISOF

3rd year BA Fashion Design student, gives us her insights into her graduate menswear collection; “AWAKEN” by Mikhile du Plessis for the LISOF Fashion Show 2016.


“A garment must work for the wearer, not the other way around – that is what design is about” quote by Mikhile


What is your inspiration for your menswear range?

AWAKEN – a collection that expresses the transformation of a man who comes across as classy, but yet sporty and finishing it off with comfort minimalistic, tailored wear. A “Westernization” feel is brought through the fit and styling of the garments with loose tailored cuts mixed with the cultural influence of Maboneng in ” Africa ” such as a sporty street wear look and styling that has created the collection which adds to the wearers personality. The reason I say that the clothing works for the wearer, is that I created a bag that can be used in the day and turned into a jacket and a coat that is formal and becomes a rain jacket in this way the clothing works for the wearer and each indivisible item can be mixed up with any other item depending on the wearer, this is what creates AWAKEN aware of its surrounding and the wearers personality and style.


What was the name of your menswear collection and why? 

AWAKEN – . It expresses a man who is aware of his surroundings and is the alpha of the pack.

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Why menswear?

I chose menswear as I believe there is a lack of classic, sporty and good quality clothing for men and I know that my collection is for any type of man whom can mix and match the clothing with any other item he has.


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Why did you select the fabrics you did?

I used winter fabric such as wool and Melton, with bull denim creating weight to the collection with the layering and mixture of the light-weight fabric such as Egyptian cotton, track suiting and good quality t- shirting material. I personalized my lining of the clothing with a minimalistic design which ties into the simplicity. The use of the fabric with different weights, textures and adding the pure white brings in depth with the different layers, adding crispness.


What finishes made your collection different?

The use of the contract fabrics and the raw finished edges makes the collection different and unique. When I say raw finished edges, I have created top stitching and black tap to the edge, giving it a simple but yet exclusive finish. My personalized badges, tabs and barcodes make the product a finished piece, attaching the viewer to the item and personalizing it, done with a silkscreen on a different textured fabric either with a raw or clean edge top stitched on with thick tread, creating depth.

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What do you plan to do next year? 

My goal is to extend my collection and take-up any opportunity I can get, I intend to further with my studies with a BA Honours in Fashion at LISOF and will be obtaining some work experience. I believe that I’m passionate in what I do and therefore I will keep pushing, designing and delving my work in this industry.


Thank you to LISOF, parents, family and friends.






Day 2: SA Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

posted on April 7th, 2016 by LISOF

Herewith are highlights that #LISOFloves of Day 2 at SA Fashion Week SS16 Collections:

WITH By Dean Hauptfleisch (LISOF Alumnus)

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Winners of the #OpenDayJhb Bursary Competition

posted on October 21st, 2015 by LISOF

Congratulations to the winners of the #OpenDayJhb competition. These two ladies participated in the printing fun at Open Day on the 19th September this year.

Ivy, Grade 12 and Bianca, Grade 11 both win part-bursaries worth the value of R40 000 each!

Contact us to start your career in fashion:


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Ivy, Grade 12 Voted the best Design on Facebook and Instagram

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Biance, Grade 11


Student Technical Drawing Showcase

posted on October 16th, 2015 by LISOF

In the world of fashion, technology is a reality. From laser fabric cutters to state-of-art sewing, printing and knitting machines – computers are vital to the innovative techniques in the fashion industry. This includes drawing.

At Lisof, students are taught computer illustration skills to design their own fabric prints and patterns, create story boards for briefs and design garments in a technical drawing manner. Technical drawings are used in factories to communicate detail, design, fabric, colour and more. Herewith are four Technical Drawings from Lisof 2nd year students that added their colour taste to the given print and placed the print in successful positions on garment that they designed (drew themselves). Click HERE to learn more about the courses offered and inquire today!

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Created by: Nebraska Aysen


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Created by Abigail Meyer


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Created by Jade Venter


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