The annual Lisof Fashion Show gets better by the year, and this year we were treated to a line-up of intriguing and abstract collections.

The first-year and second-year students presented their interpretation of the Urban Prairie and Industrial Romance themes respectively, while the third year students presented individual collections that included an array of minimalist concepts to more bohemian elements.

First-year collection inspired by Urban Praire
First-year collection inspired by Urban Praire

Lisof has long produced a running stream of graduate designers who often go on to start their own brands and set up their own studios. Some of this talented lot has taken part in AFI’s Fastrack™ programme where they get an opportunity to catalyze their career in what is known to be a very difficult industry to establish oneself in. The Fastrack™ programme has helped to further the careers of Lisof graduates such as Rich Mnisi and Thebe Magugu (who were judges at this year’s Lisof Fashion Show). Other young designers who are currently joining the ranks of emerging fashion designers are Jenevieve Lyons and Eleni Labrou.

Judging from the Lisof Fashion Show 2016, we can be rest assured that some of the first, second and third-year students may one day assume a place on AFI’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway.

Congratulations to all the students for their successful collections, we’re keeping an eye out for you!


Images courtesy of Natalie Payne, photographer.



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