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.

Design Indaba 2018: The Magic Moments

posted on March 2nd, 2018 by LISOF

The week of the Design Indaba 2018 felt like stuff out of the movies – you know, the kind that leaves you at the edge of your seat, star-struck-type vibes, gushing, groupie-like pandering? Yes, that type of insane admiration! Hosted at the LISOF Johannesburg campus, there was a true feeling of wonderment in every attendee who, in between watching various talks, got a glimpse of the way things are done at LISOF: which is to create a space for new design thinking and encourage the design process.

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Look – it was inspiring in many ways but in other ways, downright humbling. Almost an awakening of some sort – to the sheer realisation that your life/work is still, uhmm, errr…. let’s just say – a work in progress. That’s how I felt (pretty much) the entire week – as I played make-believe, feigning limp attempts to look relevant – like, I’ve got something to offer the world. Yes, that kind of grand, movie-star-like-confidence – the stomach–in-chest-out-Bheki Cele-type of moves, the fake-it-till-you-make-it kind?

I guess what I’m trying to say is – that’s the kind of effect the Design Indaba will have on you – making you feel like you matter. Day 3 allowed us to get access to a talk by set designer, Es Devlin who is on a first name basis (as you would, of course) with Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, U2, Adele (need I say more) which is no small feat, right? This type of Hollywood stuff rubs off on you. The fabulous network of world shakers making an impact in their creative disciplines, meeting new people and mingling in your aspiring world and drawing inspiration from the gushing well of creative ingenuity is life-giving.

They make it look so easy though that you’d be deceived into thinking that they were hit by a stroke of luck from heaven above. But many talked, like Devlin, about their tireless efforts to hone their craft. Take Es on the third day, for instance (yes, yes, you tend to feel like you know them too on a first name basis) – talked about the lessons she learnt out of playing the violin in her younger years – that in fact, nothing comes easy. The idea of practise makes perfect in playing a musical instrument has become part of her own work ethic. Her interpretation of the briefs she gets from clients was a lesson in being adept in giving “artists a visual voice” as she calls her trade as well as having an acute understanding of their brand and public persona. This talented artist’s life was never the same after she came back from watching a live Boomtown Rats performance – she knew from that point on, that she wanted to translate visual manifestations for performers and THAT she does very well.

Many times, I couldn’t help wonder how on earth many of the speakers came up with the ideas they conjure up, how they make them come alive in ways, my brain has never done before. So great, so revolutionary, you start to believe you can walk on water.

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Another speaker I was in awe of, was Tomo Kihara, termed a playful interventionist and design researcher – did you know anything like this existed?! This is not the kind of thing they tell you about in career guidance classes, I can tell you that much. This young maverick was driven by a desire to tackle homelessness in the world (this kind, doesn’t think small) – so, if you are going to follow in the footsteps of this lot, small ideas won’t take you anywhere – think BIG, sky-size BIG. Kihara developed an alternative to begging, a prototype device called the “Street Debater.” This is a gadget designed to remove the negative feelings evoked by street begging (humiliation, lack of dignity, feeling invisible etc) creating engagement in the process of giving and being given money. Some of the activations of this device entailed using pictures of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump and a passer bye would have to predict using their money who will become President leading up to the American elections. A bit like begging with a purpose – this gadget sparks conversation and more importantly, overcomes social segregation whilst earning an unemployed and destitute person £135 per hour.

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That Design Indaba crowd were on top of their form last week showing you and me that in fact there’s a place for everyone in this world – from the faux movers and shakers like me, real, global and local thought leaders to our very own Joburg class of Emerging Creatives who already believe that the world, through their raw talent, is their oyster. LISOF provided the perfect venue to host all of the Design Indaba frenzy, to allow the artists to express themselves and attendees to wander through the campus inspired by the newest talent.

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Written by: Anda Ngani

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!

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

South African Fashion Week from students’ perspective

posted on May 15th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

We think it’s safe to say that SA fashion week was not at all what we expected… Honestly, the experience exceeded our expectations by far! What started off as a project we took on to furthermore promote LISOF and learn more about the South African fashion industry; turned into three unforgettable days of fun, laughter and admiration. Something that we both hope we will get the privilege to do again after socialising, networking, learning and most importantly watching in awe the creative prodigies that walked down the runway night after night.


Wednesday, 29th March:

Our first day of preparations for fashion week felt like a scene pulled out of a movie. As LISOFIANS, it isn’t surprising to hear that one of us had a class that ended at 5pm (sigh) and conveniently the first show started at 6pm. Giving us a total of 1 hour to leave campus, glam up and arrive early enough to take photos (mind you, none of this happened the way we had hoped). We ended up getting ready in a total of 15 minutes including the car ride because that’s where we did our makeup. After rushing to Hyde Park, every image anticipated about fashion week had disappeared and we just went with the flow. Dressed by Aya Velase and Glitter Betty we fit right in with the crowd and successfully blew LISOFs Instagram  and Snapchat by storm; our question for the night was “What inspired your style for the night?” and the answers were as interesting as the people. The shows for the night were truly moving. We really enjoyed the Lufthansa 1st Class Collections; designers such as AYA VELASE and STITCH AND STEEL showcased impressive collections. Other collections that caught our eyes were RISE OF THE OXX and HEART & HERITAGE which really depicted the essence of contemporary South African fashion.


Thursday, 30th March:

Our second day was much easier to prepare for as we had an idea of what to expect. It was a big night for us as not only were we representing LISOF but we were  also representing SUN GODDESS , so we ensured that we had more than enough time to get ready after lectures. That being said it is a lot easier to get ready when your classes don’t end so late lol. We spent our afternoon playing dress up at the SUN GODDESS store in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City which was definitely one of our peek moments from this experience, trying on their exquisite “Quintessential African Luxury” designs isn’t something we get to do often. After setting out an equivalent amount of time to get ready, we once again made our way to Hyde Park, however this time our group of good friends and fellow students were also attending, turning it into a treasured night. Walking around in a big group drew a lot of attention on us so many people asked us for pictures and essentially we featured on Marie Claire and Spree’s instagram pages (yay!!). The shows on this night were long but enjoyable. We especially loved the collections by VINTAGE ZIONEST and of course SUN GODDESS. Our question for the night was “Do you think fashion shows are still relevant and why?” and the answers were documented on Lisofs Instagram and Snapchat respectively. We ended off our night with a “mini photo shoot” with SUN GODDESS’s head designer Vanya Mangaliso backstage, the pictures came out so editorial lol.


Friday, 31st April:

We were especially excited for Friday night; it was the beginning of menswear night but most importantly Nondy’s 19th Birthday! Essentially our looks for the night were street wear inspired (mixed with a little glam of course). The night was eventful and ended off our experience with a BANG! The shows were inspiring; it was really nice to see how artistic South African menswear designers are and how fresh and exciting menswear has become. We particularly enjoyed a collection by Bayanda Khathini who showcased under SAFW Scouting Menswear in Association with GQ Magazine – his collection was clearly inspired by an authentic South African lifestyle, so much so that his show might as well have been in the middle of the KZN midlands. The only thing that outshined the clothes were the people wearing them, yes, we mean the models. They were truly a sight for sore eyes and we made sure to take photos with the guys that were too hot not to (hehe). We also enjoyed interacting with the crowd during the intervals. Our question for the night was “Would you consider SAFW as a way of analysing trends?” Because this was our last night we made sure that we wanted as much fun as possible and to communicate with everyone we came across. This night’s crowd was definitely the most diverse and we certainly saw the link between fashion shows and trend analysis. After the shows we decided to take a moment and let the event sink in, definitely very 1990s sitting in the parking lot chatting up a storm with our friends haha! This then encouraged us to grab a quick bite to eat at McDs to end off our night and commemorate Nondy’s 19th.


Overall, we can say that this experience was a lot of fun. We learned important things, met a lot of relevant people and hopefully made good connections that could help us in the near future. It was also nice to see several LISOF students every night, especially since we surely stressed on how important we felt it was for fashion students to attend such events. It was also great meeting all the LISOF Alumni sitting front row proving their relevance in the industry; it was truly inspiring as that is something that we both hope we could achieve soon. Of course our experience could have never happened if it wasn’t for LISOF; we are really grateful and hope we get to do this again.

See all the images here.


Mich & Nondy












Fun first times at SA Fashion Week

posted on April 26th, 2016 by LISOF

3rd Year Fashion Media student, Zingaphi Njokweni, shares her experience at SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016.

It’s one thing having the corners of your false lash lift up ten minutes before you’re meant to leave the house for a greatly anticipated fashion week, it’s another losing the sole of the shoe that was central to your carefully curated outfit, on the way to the Gautrain. Long, white hair blowing in the wind, occasionally sticking to the thick layer of MAC lip gloss I had lathered on, I waddled my way to the train, regardless of the disheartening sound my shoe made. After an entire half hour of frantically texting my partner, Seipati Mosete and our manager, Lissa Mendes, about my misfortune, I finally arrived at Hyde Park Corner – lost, flustered, and fashionably late. Thankfully, Seipati salvaged what was potentially a terrible, mood-ruining night. All was forgotten about upon entry to The Venue – a walk that was littered with, “… on level 7, yes, the lift only says 6 levels but there is a seventh one, promise”. What?!

Seipati (left) and Zingaphi

Before show elevator selfie

The room was full, and that was expected, however, when it is full of people whose Instagram accounts you normally stalk and envy, it’s an entirely different ball game – cue anxiety. Seipati and I are not photographers, never mind journalists, so the idea of going up to people and asking to take their photos scared the living daylights out of us. We made an attempt to capture the atmosphere of the place (it was great because fashionable people in. One. Room.), and enjoyed being around people we aspired to be, and eventually, the anxiety wore off.


And then the shows started.

I have interned at a previous fashion week but had never watched an actual fashion show – it was amazing. The room was lit neon blue, conversation amongst the audience was buzzing, crazy haircuts were bobbing up and down around the room, cameras were flashing, the excitement over opening goodie bags, the energy was just unbelievably high. I can definitely speak for the both of us when I say it was like a dream come true. On the first day, Seipati and I sat FROW (can you believe that?!), thanks to Kerri-Lee Candolini of SA Fashion Week. We watched the Lufthansa 1st Best Collections with an eye specifically at LUMIN and GreerKyle by LISOF alumni. When that was over, we were prepared to grab day 2 by the horns, leaving the day’s anxiety behind

Day 2 came and we watched an incredible show by Dean Hauptfleisch of WITH, a collection that refreshingly reimagined colour-blocking, and presented juxtaposition in such a harmonious manner. That day itself was not without its fair-share of being star-struck by gorgeous people, such as LISOF alumni and The Threaded Man blogger, Siyabonga Beyile, the king of prints, Chu Suwannapha, and once again, more fashion insiders. However, it was day 3 that was peak excitement; Keirnan Forbes, aka AKA (hahaha), commanded the room upon entry. I was ready to pass out from excitement and remembered, “I have to get a photo of this man!” Unfortunately, he prefers photos to be taken of him rather than with fans, otherwise he would never get to point B – which was fine with me because my white-haired head appeared in a photo he posted of the shows later that night, win!

AKA Frow at SAFW

AKA #Frow at Scouting Menswear Show

Day 3 was all about menswear and the Scouting Menswear show, where we proudly watched yet another LISOF alumni, Martelle Ludik. It was my favourite of the whole week. The hunger of someone who is yet at the peak of their career was clearly evident in the designs and it was fun to watch how the designers showed this in their ranges. Unfortunately, I had to Uber home immediately after the winner was announced and therefore missed the rest of the menswear, which, from what I’ve seen, was just as breath-taking.

In any case, we covered everything we enjoyed on the LISOF Instagram account. We are fun people, I swear, but handling an entire professional Instagram account was a bit scary, manageable, but a bit of pressure nonetheless. There are no words to describe how fun the week was, aching feet and all. It reinforced why the decision to come to LISOF was the right one – being exposed to the fashion industry I dream of being a part of while trying to complete a Fashion Theory essay at the end of the same evening.

Many thanks to Ms Candolini, Mrs Mendes, and our Fashion Media lecturer, Lisa Illingworth, it was an absolute honour representing our school, LISOF, at SA Fashion Week 2016. See @lisof_fashion on Instagram #StudentTakeover for #SAFWSS16 moment.


Join LISOF today and you will be exposed to the fashion industry, whether at a Fashion Week, Fashion Studio or at a Fashion Retailer.

For more information contact us: 086 11 LISOF (54763)



Written and images by Zingaphi Njokweni

Edited by Lissa Mendes



Experiential Learning Adventure

posted on July 15th, 2015 by LISOF

In your 3rd year at Lisof, students will be afforded the opportunity to do an internship at a company in the fashion industry. It may be at an SA fashion designer studio, CMT (cut, make, trim) factory or at a media house Guest Blogger Ranaa Patel went to The Sunday Times for her 3rd Year Experiential Learning. Here is her account of her time at the well established fashion publication.

I took a bit of time off from blogging over the past few weeks because during my campus holiday I started working as a fashion intern at the Sunday Times Fashion Weekly. On my first day of work I was greeted by a smiling lady, Khomotso, who is the permanent fashion intern at The Times. Her first words to me or rather her question was “Have you watched the Devil Wears Prada?” – I nodded excitedly because of course I’ve watched my favourite movie about 17 times- She laughed back at me and said well this is it! From then I already knew I’d love my internship experience.

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The working world is all work and no play they say? Not in my industry! I firmly believe if you love what you do and make the most of even the smallest tasks you’re given it will take you to great lengths in where you want to go in your career and general life. While working at the Sunday Times I got to meet several designers and retailers such as Lunar, Vesselina Pentcheva and Shaldon Kopman to name a few from an endless list. I got to work under amazing creatives such as Roxanne (The Sunday Times Fashion Editor) and Tiaan (The Fashion Weekly editor).

I, along with the other fashion interns were involved in several processes that lead up to the editorials that you see weekly in the Sunday Times Fashion Weekly section. First and foremost in the process we are given briefs about what items of clothing and accessories will be needed for the shoot that week, thereafter we are tasked to source goods that fit the brief of the shoot from various retailers and designers around Johannesburg. A lot of lugging around of designer goods later we add them to our fashion closet back at the office to be used for the shoot.

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Another important aspect about editorials besides the clothes are the locations at which it may be shot at! My task this past week was to look for a suitable location, with the team, for us to do a fashion shoot at. The museum MOAD was used this week as the end result. To cut a long story short everybody at The Times is given a little packet of fairy dust in order to make an editorial come to life, what comes out at the end of it, is what I’d like to call magic. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with an amazing Sunday Times team who have turned out to be more like friends than colleagues.

 The process of an editorial:

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Choosing themes, garments and models to be styled and shot on the day of the shoot.

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Choosing an appropriate location for the editorial.

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Hiring the correct crew in terms of photographers, models and make up artists to help get the job done.

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Care of the garments on the shoot day as well as dressing of models.

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In next weeks paper what you’ll see is a beautiful end result.

It makes me sad to have to leave, but duty calls, back to fashion school it is.

PS: All geared up and ready for some more exciting posts, watch this space – there is a huge upcoming collaboration I’m working on for next week!

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