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; info@lisof.co.za / 011 326 1698 or PTA: cindy@lisof.co.za / 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.

Photo via Vogue Runway

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.

Photo via Vogue Runway

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.

Photo via Vogue Runway

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.

Photo via Vogue Runway

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

To start your career in fashion and retails at LISOF >>> CLICK HERE!

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Images from: http://nikkimakeup.com/portfolio_page/drew-henry-lookbook/

Excerpt from: https://www.thecut.com/2012/08/meet-tomorrows-fashion-stars/slideshow/2012/08/21/csm_grads_/22-csm-3/

Sunday Times x LISOF Bursary Competition 2017

posted on April 25th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Have you always wanted to study at LISOF, but couldn’t afford it? Let us take a little load off! Here is your chance to WIN* a LISOF Bursary to study at LISOF in 2018. Last year we had over 2000 entries to the My Fashion Career competition and this year we have: My Fashion Career 2.0!

We have partnered with The Sunday Times again to give 6 lucky future fashionistas the chance to make their dream in the world of fashion and retail a reality.

Stay tuned to the Lifestyle Supplement every Sunday for the My Fashion Career LISOF Bursary fashion briefs and the chance to vote for the best submissions depending on the briefs. This week is all about Design and if you want to study a Diploma or Degree in Fashion: Design, then hurry and submit your work. If your entry is short-listed, it will then be published in The Sunday Times for public vote (via SMS). The candidate with the most votes will win. For this first brief there are 2 (yes TWO) winners:

1 x Diploma in Fashion: Design winner and 1 x Degree in Fashion: Design winner. Therefore you need to read, understand and accept the Terms and Conditions, of the LISOF Bursary competition, as there are certain qualifying criteria. Plus if you have received the most votes, you still need to write the LISOF assessment test and only after then will the prize be given or not given depending on results thereof.

During these next 10 – 12 weeks, you’ll have a chance to enter for a Diploma Fashion in Media, Degree Fashion in Media and Buying as well as the newly launched, LISOF BCom Degree in Fashion. Start your career in fashion and retail with a LISOF Bursary.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER WEEK 1 – Terms and conditions apply.

Good Luck fashionistas! Follow @LISOF on Twitter and Facebook AND @lisof_fashion on Instagram for updated information

To stand out in your chosen fashion career, the Technical Drawing module will help you!

posted on November 9th, 2015 by LISOF

Ready to make your mark in the fashion industry?

LISOF’s Technical Drawing module in the BA DEGREE and DIPLOMA course offering which can prepare you for the following careers:

  • Fashion Designer: Creates new designs and ideas for the fashion consumer with a close eye on trends, consumer patterns and market opportunities
  • Technical Designer: The creative problem-solvers who determine the most effective method of construction and manufacture of fashion Works closely with designers, pattern-makers, retailers and the fashion industry’s most valued technicians.
  • Pattern-maker: Creates patterns for designers and for the fashion industry, or sets up entrepreneurial opportunities in the world of
  • Fashion Manufacturer: Creates fashion products for retailers, works closely with designers, buyers, and Does product development, which is simultaneously creative and commercial.

To stand out in your chosen career, the Technical Drawing module will help you develop the following:

  • The ability to identify specific fashion categories and related terminologies
  • The skills to produce clear and accurate technical drawings for fashion by hand
  • The capacity to analyse garment specifications whether in design sketches, photographs or samples
  • The ability to interpret design information into drawings that accurately show silhouette, proportion, fit and detail
  • Portfolio and best practice


Successful completion of the BA DEGREE or DIPLOMA Technical Drawing modules is compulsory and must be taken concurrently with Creative Design 01. The module focuses on equipping learners with the skills to analyse and interpret a wide range of design information into reliable technical drawings for the pattern and garment production processes. Specific garment terminology and a basic fashion vocabulary are further developed through the portfolio project.

This TD module develops the recognition and interpretation of fashion details of a wide range of garment information; into precise, visual information that is rendered by hand following a grid system. Components such as proportions, silhouettes, garment details, finishes and balance are vital in the production of quality technical drawings.

 Technical Drawing serves as an effective bridging language between creative, technical and commercial fashion clusters. It is an integral part of the fashion design and apparel industry, used in conjunction with design sketches to communicate design information to product developers, clients, buyers or pattern-makers regarding silhouette, proportion and construction specifications of a design.


The fashion industry is becoming more digital and mastering Adobe Illustrator in Computer Literacy & Design, will allow students to further apply their technical drawing skills in a digital format.

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Thula Sindi opens stand alone store

posted on July 3rd, 2015 by LISOF

After showing at South Africa Fashion Week in 2005, Thula Sindi (Lisof graduate 2004) started developing his own range, which hit the runway at SAFW 2006, that year he earned a semi-finalist spot at the Nederburg Rare Fashion Finds competition. He has gone on to show his collections in Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Lagos, Paris and many other cities in the world. The designer has won many awards within the fashion industry, include being crowned SA Tourism’s South African Designer of the Year in 2012.

“Modern, Sophisticated, Simplicity” – are the words on www.thulasindi.com that describe his signature design style. Thula recently opened his own stand alone store in Rosebank, which is a huge achievement in itself. If you are in Johannesburg, get to The Zone in Rosebank and go check out his collection. Shop his Spree collection HERE. At Lisof, we are so proud and wish him the best success with the store and future endeavors. 



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Images courtesy @thulasindi Twitter feed

Talent Search: #ELLERisingStar

posted on June 30th, 2015 by LISOF

“The search for fashion’s next rising star is on and the reward is the opportunity of a lifetime for a young designer seeking to make a mark in the fashion world in Africa and internationally,” said Elle South Africa publisher Gisèle Wertheim Aymés

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If you are Africa’s most talented young fashion designer, Elle, Mr Price and Africa Fashion International (AFI) will help you kick-start your career! All finalists for the 2015 Elle Rising Star Design Award in association with MRP will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with MRP to launch their own range. They will also benefit from a mentoring programme, including business coaching with a reputable institution and receive exposure in Elle magazine, which will assist them in the competitive world of fashion design. The sky’s the limit for the designer chosen as this year’s rising star.

Think you have what it takes? MRP will contribute R10 000 towards the development of each of the top eight finalists’ ranges!


  • To enter you have to be a final-year fashion design student or a fashion graduate with no more than three years’ design experience.
  • Your place of birth must be any African country and you should hold legal citizenship within that country.
  • If a South African or African retailer currently employs you we regret you may not enter.


  1. A cash prize of R30 000 from MRP to help the winner launch their career in fashion.
  2. An extensive mentorship programme. This will include two weeks at the MRP head office in Durban where the winner will be exposed to the complete retail cycle, from trend forecasting to merchandising. The winner will also receive two weeks’ fashion inspiration at ELLE’s Cape Town office with the ELLE Editor and her fashion team.
  3. The winner will redesign a predetermined range in collaboration with MRP to be sold in selected MRP stores.
  4. The opportunity to show a range at the 2016 ELLE Rising Star Design Award, plus R10 000 from MRP towards the cost of creating the range.
  5. The finalists’ garments will be featured in a fashion story in ELLE. The winner will be featured in ELLE and receive a year’s subscription to the magazine

“The bar was set high with our one of our first-ever Rising Star winner, David Tlale, who went on to take events such as New York Fashion Week by storm”, said Wertheim Aymés. “We welcome entries from all over the continent and look forward to a wide variety of fashion visions from young designers with talent and determination, who feel the pulse of Africa pounding in their veins.”

Entries are open until 31 July, 2015, and the eight finalists will be named on 7 August. The winner will be announced on 7 November at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Joburg.

To stand a chance of being the winner, go to: www.elle.co.za/elle-rising-star-3

Official hashtag: #ELLERisingStar

(Courtesy of www.elle.co.za)