Here are the 5 Finalists!
Congratulations to our five finalists, selected by the judges and you!
Their next task is to create a cohesive collection of three ready-to-wear outfits inspired by the same theme as their exhibition outfit, however, there's a twist!
They have each been given 3 metres of grey melange fabric to incorporate into their collection, as well as a Foschini gift card with which to accessorise their final look.
We wish them all the best of luck as they enter the final phase of the competition.
The designers are competing for a coveted internship with Foschini, during which they design a collection to be sold in selected Foschini stores nationwide, as well as a selection of additional prizes to help set them up in their career as fashion designers.
Bryan RamkilawanBryan's career in the fashion industry spans over 25 years. After studying fashion design in KwaZulu-Natal, Bryan worked in the formal sector for 6 years and then lectured design studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for 16 years. Bryan Ramkilawan has served on the (CTFC) board for four years before being appointed as CTFC’s CEO in 2011. Bryan also serves on the curation panel for Design Indaba, Mercedes Benz JHB fashion Week, Mercedes Benz CT Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Africa Fashion Week. Bryan is also a board member and trustee for the Shaun Borstrock Foundation for the Creative Industries, which fosters SA design partnerships internationally.
Johann CrousThis self-proclaimed wannabe Tom Ford studied Art, Textile and Fashion Design before lecturing Art and Design for 12 years. Johann became interested in trend research during his retail career and has been involved in various fashion offices across the South African retail market for 20 years. Johann currently heads up the Foschini Fashion Studio and frequently travels the world exploring both future and current trends, so that Foschini customers get the latest in international fashion. Johann believes that “Fashion is expensive, but style is for free.”
Kerrie Simon-LawrenceKerrie Simon-Lawrence is the editor of Grazia South Africa. Kerrie launched and edited Cosmopolitan Middle East – based in Dubai – for three years and had the privilege of interviewing high-profile celebrities including all three of the Kardashian sisters, Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie. The magazine won “Magazine of the Year” at the bi-annual Global Cosmo Conference in 2012. Prior to Cosmopolitan, Kerrie edited Grazia Middle East, growing it to the highest-selling fashion magazine in the region. She also launched Grazia Bahrain. During her capacity as editor of both Grazia Middle East and Bahrain, Kerrie sat on the judging panel for the “Emerging Talent” competition of Dubai Fashion Week, helping to launch the careers of young designers. Prior to her time in Dubai, Kerrie worked in her home town of Sydney, Australia, writing for the likes of That’s Life! magazine, New Woman, Grazia Australia, Body + Soul and the Sydney Magazine.
Stacey MetcalfeStacey has worked in all spheres of the industry. From growing up in a family-run CMT (Cut, Make,Trim), to working windows and store layout and designing for a Cape Town manufacturer, Stacey is now buying for Foschini's Smart department. Stacey doesn't love fashion - she eats, breathes and sleeps fashion.
Jacquii SussmannJacquii has been in fashion retail since 1995. After studying Clothing Production Management & Marketing at Natal Technikon, she started out her career with kidswear, working for companies like FunFrills, Brantex and Naartjie. In 2008 Jacquii joined The Foschini Group as the Design Executive for DonnaClaire & Fashion Express. In 2014, Jacquii became the Head of Design for all Design & Merchandise Teams for TFG brands Foschini, DonnaClaire, Exact, Fashion Express, Sportscene, Totalsports & Due South. Jacquii believes that the fashion industry is the perfect blend between creativity and business. She’s always loved fashion and the fact that clothing is an art form that people wear to express themselves.
Tracy BurgerTracy studied Clothing Production & Management @ Tygerberg College for 2 years where she quickly realised that she has a passion for design. Her career started off with an internship at Anthony B working with the most beautiful fabrics & glamorous A-listers before working for Lynko Knitwear, supplying knitwear to YDE. She then worked for Monviso for 6 years, specializing in knitwear. Tracy started her career with Foschini in April 2008 as a designer for Smart-Casual at the time and went on to become design & product development manager in Foschini Smart & DonnaClaire. Tracy is currently a merchandise manager for the Exact Design & Merchandise Team. Tracy loves fashion because it gives ordinary people the opportunity to express themselves in a unique way; a way that brings confidence and realisation that they’re actually extraordinary, special individuals.
Tania RossouwAlthough Tania’s creativeness stems from a degree in graphic design, her passion for fashion has seen her become the fashion go-to-girl for the Foschini marketing department. Tania is fervent in her belief that fashion is easy and should be embraced instead of feared. This ethos is clearly evident in the way Tania drives and manages all fashion shoots for Foschini as the Creative & Conceptual Manager. “Everyone should look fashionably fabulous in their own individual way.” Follow Tania and the other Foschini Fashion Friends on the Foschini website for monthly style advice on how to wear the seasons’ must have items.