Young Designer Semi-Finalists

On June 6, 25 semi-finalists in the Young Designer Award presented by Durban Fashion Fair were chosen from an entry list of almost 100 fashion design students from various design colleges across KwaZulu-Natal. The young designers were required to present to the judges a race-day ensemble that encompasses the spirit of the 2023 theme.

The 25 semi-finalists will show their work once again at Gateway on June 14 where 10 finalists will be announced. These top ten will show off their interpretations at the Hollywoodbets Durban July Fashion Experience Preview Gala at Gateway on June 23 and on stage at the Hollywoodbets Durban July, where the top three student designers will be revealed.

The top three students will receive prizes to the total value of R70 000 from Gold Circle, Schweppes and Gateway Theatre of Shopping; and the Hollywood Foundation will also be awarding a total of R100 000 worth of bursaries to the winner, second and third-placed students. The college attended by the winning student will receive a R30 000 grant from Gold Circle to develop their design students.


The 25 semi-finalist are:
Nontuthuzelo Ndongeni (Lindiwe Khuzwayo)
Zama Mambi (Esiole Fashion School)
Andile Nsele (DUT)
Nolwazi Mthimkhulu (Lindiwe Khuzwayo)
Julia Whitby (DUT)
Simbarashe Kucherera (Fezile Fashion School)
Philiswa Ntozalche (Esayidi Fashion School)
Thabiso Ncanana (DUT)
Minenhle Luvuno (Esayidi Fashion School)
Mhlengi Nhlela (Fezile Fashion School)
Cebo Xaba (Lindiwe Khuzwayo)
Mhloliseni Ndlovu (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Luyanda Khumalo (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Bongumusa Bhengu (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Linda Ngwana (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Siphesihle Mkhize (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Sanele Mkhize (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Lwandle Zwezwe-Lubisi (PMB School of Fashion)
Nosibusiso Mbali (PMB School of Fashion)
Smangele Mbanjwa (PMB School of Fashion)
Smethemba Shibase (PMB School of Fashion)
Hlonela Danisa (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Okuhle Mzimba (Umgungundlovu TVET)
Nokwanda Mdlovu (PMB School of Fashion)
Simngaye Zuma (Umgungundlovu TVET)

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