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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Open Day Joburg 2017

posted on July 11th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Book your place at OPEN DAY this Saturday at Blairgowrie campus. Join us to discuss careers in fashion, studying at LISOF and speak to lecturers about subjects such as Visual Merchandising, Design, Media, Buying, Computer Design, Business and more. Bring your latest report and you can write the free assessment test, plus there will be a Fashion Show on campus, showcasing student work.


Contact us for any further details: 086 11 54763


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

Blac Chyna wears LISOF graduate Emelia Nagel Design

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

LISOF Alumna, Emelia Nagel created a once-off outfit for American Reality Star, Blac Chyna. Emelia graduated in 2015, BA Fashion Degree and was awarded; Best Avant-Garde Range in her final year and was featured on the Espresso Show for her amazing collection. The Lisofian was approached by Cosmopolitan to create an outfit tailor-made for the curvaceous “video vixen”. Blac Chyna, aka Angela Renee White was recently chosen as a MAC Cosmetics ambassador for the #MACShadescents campaign:



“I received the measurements from the Cosmopolitan fashion team, which allowed me to customise the outfit. Fittings were not an option prior to the photo shoot, but I kept track of Blac Chyna’s social media to guesstimate her size for a closer fit. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet her as I currently work in the Seychelles as a Costume Stylist. I wanted her to feel like the outfit complimented and celebrated her unique shape and show off her flamboyant personality”




Want your own designer outfit? Contact Emelia: 0722111092









Open Day 2017

posted on February 23rd, 2017 by LISOF

Book HERE for LISOF Open Day 2017.

Write the assessment test and you will be able to enter the Converse Design-a-Sneaker competition* to win various prizes. Take a tour of campus to explore classes, speak with lecturers and learn more about the BA Fashion Degree, BCom in Fashion (Retail) and other courses offered. LISOF is known for acclaimed alumni Lisofians such as; Roman Handt, Rich Mnisi and Suzaan Heyns, but don’t forget that LISOF has built strong relationships with all the major South African fashion and accessory retailers too, that afford opportunities for current students to earn-while-they-learn. In celebration of the strong retail affiliations, Cotton On and Typo will have a Pop-Up-Shop at Open Day on campus!

Open day 2017

Poster cred:

Photo by: Fashion Photography Lecturer, Francki Retief

Creative Director: CEO and Founder, Shana Rosenthal

Styled by: Visual Head, Heidi Svendson

Make-up by: Head of Make Up and Course Developer, Janine Mc Nulty

Model: 1st Year student, Lindsay Kim Koch

Garments by: Bruny Dusabe from 2016 Industrial Romance collection

Poster graphics by: Computer Lecturer, Taryn de Munck

*Terms and Conditions Apply

  1. To enter the competition you need to write the LISOF assessment test first at Open Day.
  2. You need to bring along your latest academic transcript and copy of your ID.
  3. First 40 candidates will receive 1 Converse sneaker (either left or right foot) to create, refashion, draw and paint on in a limited time period! If all the shoes are taken, the candidate will receive a paper template.
  4. Theme of shoe design: WHAT DOES A LISOF CONVERSE LOOK LIKE?
  5. Candidates will then need to take a photo of their sneaker and post it on their own Twitter/Instagram/Facebook page. MUST tag Lisof AND use a specified hashtag (tbc) as well as a short caption explaining your design. The published post on Facebook MUST be set to public and profiles on Instagram MUST be set to public.
  6. Spot prizes will be awarded on the day and prizes for the social media competition will be confirmed shortly – stay tuned!
  7. LISOF reserves the right to vary, postpone, suspend, or cancel the competition and any prizes (which have not yet been awarded), or any aspect thereof, without notice at any time, for any reason which LISOF, in its sole discretion, deems necessary.
  8. Your entry into the competition means that you agree and understand that you will stand a chance only to win a prize and that there is no guarantee that you will be receiving any prize.
  9. By submitting an entry the contestant agrees to the publication of his/her name, sneaker image and or photograph of person on the LISOF website, social media platforms and marketing communications and materials.
  10. The prize/s is/are not transferable and may not be deferred, changed or exchanged for cash.


Watch a snippet of OPEN DAY Jozi 2017:



LISOF’s very own power couple

posted on February 14th, 2017 by Lissa Leandro Correa Mendes

Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day with the love story of two fashion students. This power couple met when they were very young and fell in love at school, but they are not your ordinary student lovers. Meet power couple; Phindi and Tshepo Kgaudi.


Phindi and Tshepo are married with two sons. They are both in their 1st year at LISOF, studying the BA Fashion Design Degree, full time for 3 years. I sat down with them to chat about their journey to LISOF, as well as how they imagine coping studying full time, with a family and business. When you meet these two love birds, one thing is undeniable; their old school charm, bright genuine smiles and strong sense of commitment and love for one another. They have a love for fashion and chose LISOF, as their educational institution of choice because of the curriculum and networking collaborations on offer, but this is not their first rodeo.


This power couple studied interior design together, from there, Phindi wanted to branch into her dream of designing shoes and with the help of her supportive husband, the duo became strong, successful entrepreneurs and the founders of luxury shoe brand “Phindi K”, South Africa’s very own red sole shoes that heeled celebrity A-listers, SA politicians and the who’s who. They were absorbed into providing their customers with quality, excellent fit and exclusiveness without compromise. Their namesake brand grew everyday, affording them the opportunities to travel and venture into other businesses.

After this meteoric rise, came a hard fall. After transferring their manufacturing model from “Made in Brazil” to “Made in South Africa”, (they wanted to support local job creation initiatives as well as make the product a solely, excuse the pun, South African designed and manufactured brand) came along with major theft whereby majority of their merchandise was stolen. They had to close stores and stop supplying clients. You would think their world came crumbling down. Yes, they had to sell the luxury cars, yes they had to take their eldest son out of a top notch overseas school, but Thsepo’s energy and daring vision along with Phindi’s support and organisational skills turned a negative into a positive opportunity.


They enrolled at LISOF and intend on coming into the market with “Phindi K” stronger than ever before, not only with shoes, but with fashion too. They want to dress the South African women again, but this time, from head to toe. Phindi and Tshepo are determined entrepreneurs and have other businesses which they need to manage while they study, not to mention that they have a household with two sons to run as well. They are truly the definition of team work, for the betterment of each others growth and their family’s well-being. By furthering their own skill set to eventually help others at grass roots level by creating jobs, this dynamic duo want to spread their passion for growth and development around the country.



Their advice regarding their journey in LISOF is to always communicate, support each other and time management. They like to work hard, but they don’t forget to play hard too!

Good Luck Phindi and Tshepo K.

-Written By Lissa Mendes

Social Media Manager















Tips to guide you through the first year of fashion school

posted on January 13th, 2017 by LISOF

We searched the internet for the some helpful tips to guide you through  the first year of fashion school. Starting the new year at a tertiary institution can be daunting. New building, new people and nerves abound. At LISOF, most first years want to make a stylish first impression especially because you are attending one of Africa’s top fashion school, but believe us when we say, by second semester, you’ll be rocking the #athleisure look quite effortlessly.

We found these 5 insightful articles that will help prepare yourself for a successful 2017…and beyond!


1. 5 Ways to Prepare for Fashion Design School

2. 10 Things You Learn During Your First Semester as a Fashion Design Major

3. What No One Tells You About Going to Fashion School

4. 10 Tips for Surviving Your First Year of College

5. Prepare for the First Day of Class

The BA in Fashion is a registered and accredited qualification which exits with a minimum or 360 credits at NQF level 7. Within this qualification there are three elective streams: Media; Buying and Design from which the student can choose.

LISOF was established 23 years ago and, more than being registered with the Council on Higher Education, we are extremely well regarded within the South African fashion industry. Our CEO, Shana Rosenthal, has, over the years, built deep and meaningful relationships with South African fashion retailers who all fully support our commitment to Work Integrated Learning. LISOF students are exposed to the world of work from the first year and engage in an in-depth and meaningful experiential learning process in their 3rd year of study. These same South African retailers are also often willing to make offers of employment to our students as they believe that they are of a superior quality. Students that are successful in their studies are able to continue with the LISOF BA Honours in Fashion (also registered and accredited) where over and above the theoretical and research components of the studies, they are given the opportunity to engage again in a long term experiential learning process in the industry where they are payed a monthly stipend for their efforts.

Life on campus is bustling and filled with creative energy. The canteen is a great fueling station to relax and discuss the latest fashion week. The hallways are filled with budding fashion photographers instagramming and blogging their point of view. The students connect and network and often later in life, they collaborate and work together in the fashion industry.

Become a LISOFIAN!

Call us directly to register for 2017 and 2018:

Johannesburg Campus: 0113261698

Pretoria Campus: 0123420069


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See you in the new year! Study FASHION at LISOF in 2017.

posted on December 14th, 2016 by LISOF

Hey fashionistas, thank-you for another amazing year in fashion. Twenty sixteen has been an interesting one for everyone. Study fashion at LISOF in 2017!

Please note that LISOF campuses are closed from 15 December 2016 until 3rd January 2017.

Any inquiries will only be answered next year.

During the break consider which Fashion Course you want to study at LISOF:

  • A Short Course in fashion design, sewing, patterns or make-up 01 powered by MAC Cosmetics, is a great option to learn the fashion fundamentals and an opportunity to become a professional make-up artist. We offer classes on Saturdays at both Pretoria and Johannesburg Campus, which is convenient if you are working.
  • A Higher Certificate is a 1 year Full Time Course and is more intensive than a short course, offering a variety of subjects that can give you the skills you need to get started in the fashion industry.
  • BA Degrees and Diplomas are 3 year full time (only) courses that are registered and accredited. These include Work-Integrated-Learning with partners of LISOF. (Internships) Upon graduation, the retailer, design house, media house may decide to offer the candidate a job depending on suitability (at their own discretion)
  • BCom Fashion Degree is our newly registered and accredited Degree offering the student who has a flair for fashion and strong in numbers an opportunity to move seamlessly into the fashion retail landscape as a Planner, Supply Chain, Business, etc.
  • BA Honours is a one year course with 3-5 months PAID work-integrated-learning and an option to study in London with FRA

Happy Holidays and see you in the new year!

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We hope there are presents under there!


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Santa’s handsome helper?


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Totally a summer holiday chillaxed look


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Christmas in SA is usually poolside or seaside!


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New Years look. Just need a cocktail in hand!


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Don’t let the blood spill at family Christmas dinner!


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Santa’s little elves for sure!!


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Welcome in the New Year!



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Fashion Show 2016 Winner: Best Ready-To-Wear Range by Faida Chikwatu

posted on December 13th, 2016 by LISOF

Q&A with Faida Chikwatu, Winner of the Best Graduate Ready-to-Wear collection at this years Fashion Show.

  • What was your inspiration?

Even though I’m Muslim, I was still curious and intrigued by the culture and ethnicity of the Arab lifestyle. Through my research I had gathered a look and feel for my range at the 2016 Fashion Show that was of riches, elegance, modesty and purity Arabia has, in which I was willing to translate this look and feel towards the collection. I didn’t want to the garments to look like “just another modest collection” I wanted these garments to execute the look and feel as soon as they are dressed it would emphasize it even more.

  • What is the name of your Fashion Show collection and why?

Awraah, the term in Arabic simply means body parts which must be covered from others.

  • Why did you select the fabrics you used?

While I was sourcing for these fabrics I was looking for fabrics that represented so much elegance and riches not only that but also gave away the ethnicity of it. When I had found these fabrics I was lucky enough to reasonably priced fabrics and made sure I used the fabrics to the best of my ability to make it look a lot more exquisite.

  • What finishes made your collection different?

I went for finishes that were more feminine like adding in touches of lace and added some binding, I tried to find new ways of finishing of the garments.

  • What do you plan to do next year and what is ultimate fashion dream for you?

I’m currently looking for a job at this point and I plan on working and building on my brand. My ultimate fashion dream to have the most exquisite and beautiful modest wear worldwide and to also collaborate with one of the top designers.


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Fashion Show 2016: Winner Best Couture Range by Charlene van Rooyen

posted on November 28th, 2016 by LISOF

Last week Thursday, 24 November, LISOF showcased their 22nd annual fashion show at The Tin Factory to fashion media, retailers, bloggers and friends and family. From first year to third year, each design student showcased their own design according to a theme.

During the fashion show dress rehearsals, the judges watched each outfit down the runway then went backstage for closer inspection. The Judges were; LISOF Alumni Thebe Magugu and Rich Mnisi as well as ELLE Magazine’s, Ayanda Molefe.

Best Graduate Couture Range 2016 was awarded to: Charlene van Rooyen, BA Fashion in Design. Learn more about her winning collection; “Kallah” which means bride in Hebrew.



My Inspiration for the Fashion Show was to design and make a wedding range that is non-traditional and has a bohemian look to it. Being a free spirit and loving the bohemian look, I wanted to create something for the unconventional bride.


I wanted fabric that speaks for itself and a lace that was unique. I traveled to Parys in the Free State to an interior fabrics store called “Merci-French Interior” and I discovered the most amazing cotton lace. For the finishes, I used lace trims and created material bindings for each dress and underwear.


I would like to focus on weddings. I have always had a passion for “the big day”. I want to create wedding dresses and my signature non-traditional evening gowns as well.


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