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Monday, 02 December 2013

Fashion student clinches top award

KNOCK OUT: Marquin with the boxing inspired outfit which caught the judges attention KNOCK OUT: Marquin with the boxing inspired outfit which caught the judges attention

He was well on his way to becoming a business graduate but a change of heart is paying dividends for this CPUT Fashion Student.

Marquin Sampson has recently been crowned the 2013 Live Eco winner and his prize includes a R10 000 bursary from the Cape Town Fashion Council, R3000 voucher from the Body Shop and a year supply of free coffee from a well-known coffee shop. He also has a guaranteed internship at a design studio for any time next year.

The 24-year-old is in his second year but a few years ago he was studying Business at Stellenbosch University when he decided to drop out and follow his dream.


The competition brief was to up-cycle old clothes into a creation inspired by the theme ‘resilience’.

Marquin interpreted this as a boxing inspired denim dress with matching boots.

He collected jeans donated from family and friends then spent days completing the garments.

“I really worked hard doing research and then creating this look but I never expected to win. I even told my parents not to waste their time coming to the award ceremony because I was sure I wouldn’t win,” he says.

CPUT dominated the competition with a whopping five of the top 10 being our students.

Marquin is now also a runner up in a pending Foschini Fashion Design competition.

“I am so glad that I just quit business to follow my dream,” he says.

“Winning this competition means I made the right decision.”

Written by Lauren Kansley

Tel: +27 21 953 8646

Liaises with the media and writes press releases about interesting developments at CPUT.