Marianne Fassler


Brand Vision

Marianne Fassler expresses her identity as a South African in her own idiosyncratic way. Her brand encapsulates the complex interpretation of her design milieu, which is on the micro level, Joburg and on the macro level, Africa.

The brand currently has two divisions, completely intertwined and equally important in the context of her work.

She manufactures a ready to wear collection, which is available off the peg at Leopard Frock, {her retail space in Joburg} but also makes to measure and by order her exclusive Marianne Fassler couture range on the same premises.

Clothing DNA

The Fassler signature is about fabric manipulation, crafting, and colour, unexpected juxtapositions and impeccable finish and fit. There is definitely a continuum of influence but always freshness in approach and interpretation of eternal fashion themes. Marianne designs for interesting real women.


More about Marianne Fassler Marianne is awarded AFI’s Designer of the Year for 2014 after MBFWA in October 2014.

A garment by Marianne was nominated for Design Indaba’s 2014 Most Beautiful Object in SA.

In September 2013 Marianne showed a “trash to treasure” collection a La Ferme du Buisson in Paris. The brief was to design a fashion collection directly inspired by her costumes for BEAUTY. This conceptual performance piece was originally commissioned to premiere at the Lyon Dance Biennale in September 2012 and is currently travelling internationally.

In 2011 Marianne was represented at the 10th Triennale, Materials Revisited, at the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt Germany.

In 2010 she received the AFI Fashion Award for Exceptional Contribution to Fashion in Africa.