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Rewarding Raw Design Talent

The Annual Vukani! Fashion Awards offer South Africa’s premier platform for the empowerment of young and emerging designers.

For the “Democracy” theme of the 22nd Annual Vukani! Fashion Awards held in November 2016, designers were tasked to create designs incorporating elements of the country’s background along with African culture. The designers’ storyboards brought to life by professional models and the top three designers were chosen in the categories of: Most Innovative Designer, Best High Fashion Design/National Costume and Best Collection/Ready to Wear. The overall national winner took home the prestigious Best Collection/Ready to Wear title. The prizes for the top three winners included cash and bursaries to help new and emerging designers on the path to success.

(Left to right)

Nandi Mbuqe

Stretch Chiffon Dress, R800.

Khanya Mjoli

Thai Silk Crop Top, R450, and Beaded Skorts, R600.

Franscena Mutale

Pleated Stretch Chiffon Crop Top, R500, and Georgette Pants, R450.

Items are available from the Mechero online store at mechero.co.za and The Space in Bay West Mall, PE.

For more outfits showcased at these awards, get a copy of the combined March/April 2017 issue of Essays Of Africa magazine from CNA, Pick n Pay, Woolworths and Exclusive Books. Purchase your digital copy here. 

Source and images: Kisometsi Photography

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