This year’s AFI Fastrack 2016 finalists Chesney Williams, Sibusiso Malete, Tayla Nguskos and Velly Setshego displayed a combination of dynamic qualities such as innovative design along with a strong social conscious and an edgy outlook that is imperative to the development of future fashion talent.
The winners of the AFI Fastrack 2016 competition will receive a coveted year long mentorship programme with leading designers from AFI, exposure in AFI’s world class platforms and access to a world of business and creative opportunities.
AFI Fastrack™ was created with the primary intension of incubating the careers of young, exceptionally talented and ambitious designers, who innately have the potential to become household names in the local and international fashion sphere, and develop commercially sustainable fashion businesses.
The AFI Fastrack 2016 Finalists
Ten semi-finalists from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Kenya were given the opportunity to showcase their innovative collections at AFI’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016. This year’s fashion Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg attracted the usual, discerning cognoscenti; the likes of editors, bloggers, fashion influencers, captains of industry, government leadership and celebrities, all gathering to see what the young talents had to offer.
As aspiring haute couturiers or as pioneers of tailoring, these young designers are on their journey to making more than a notable dent in the fashion industry. Like their emerging predecessors, we may be seeing more of these ambitious designers headlining their own fashion showcase at the next Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
AFI Fastrack™ is open to applicants who are passionate about becoming the next generation of African designers, with the aim of positioning Africa as a thriving hub for design in the international fashion context. Applicants are not required to be fashion graduates, and aspiring designers from all corners of the continent are welcome.
“I am proud to be working for an initiative in Africa that has diversified the regulations for all young designers on the continent, whether they have studied design or not, to be able to enter into a program where the main objective is to develop designers creatively and commercially. This year’s top four prove that through their diversity and skill, this is an opportunity that has paid off,” says Caileigh Davis, AFI Fastrack and Nextgen Program Manager.
To find out more about how you can enter for Fastrack™, visit: www.africanfashioninternational.com
AFI looks forward to fast tracking your career!
View the AFI Fastrack 2016 winner