Friday, 05 November 2021

Fashion students shine at showcase

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Fashion Design students served up an amazing display of creativity during the recent first- and second-year fashion showcase.

The venue for the “ultimate daytime ready-to-wear show” was the design pathway outside the Design Building at the District Six campus.

Lecturer Nicole Reynolds said that the last two Covid years had proven to be challenging for their students since many of them had to be taught physical skills and techniques without their lecturers being present to demonstrate, guide and correct them.

“This can prove to be a mammoth task when students are expected to produce garments while being faced with domestic, financial, technological issues, coupled with mental and emotional struggles – all incurred by Covid,” she said.

“Our students are a very driven, enthusiastic and motivated group, with a very strong hunger to learn and create which we, their lecturers are very excited and keen to teach and journey alongside them.”

 She said the students had “creatively gone” above and beyond any obstacles they had faced.

“So, putting these pieces on display is really the standing ovation necessary for a group of youngsters who, against the most trying odds, produced incredible pieces. These are achievements that simply have to be shouted and celebrated about.”

She said fashion designers live and thrive on the thought that their pieces will come alive on someone and on seeing it in motion.

“Once you’ve created something, seeing it on show in the way that you’ve always envisioned is such a great honour and a major confidence boost for you as a designer – and that’s ultimately the objective of the show. Not only to show others the brilliant work our students have produced but also to evoke a sense of excitement, anticipation and appreciation and love for the craft again, that may have been dampened by covid in some way. We want our students and all those who spectate to celebrate the reignition of art and design, creativity and interpretation.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za