AFI Fastrack Prize

AFI FastrackTM is an incubator programme, with a special emphasis on the Business of Fashion.

Our goal is to curate and propel emerging designers to become technically savvy and commercially

minded fashion entrepreneurs who incorporate sustainability into their work.


CONGRATULATIONS
Young Designer Of The Year
LOICE DUBE

CONGRATULATIONS  

CRAFTMANSHIP PRIZE
THANDAZANI NOFINGXANA

INNOVATION & CREATIVITY PRIZE
KGOTSOFALO MONYAMATE


Thank You To Our Partners

for AFI Fastrack Prize 2024


The 2023/24 AFI Fastrack Prize Finalists

Loice Dube
of Lo'ICE

Kgotsofalo Given Monyamate
of Articles From Mars
 

Mimangaliso Ndiko
of SIXX6

Thandazani Nofingxana
of ABANTU
 

Mawande Mbawuli & Xolani Magadla
of XolaniMawande

Xhanti Mpu
of Xhvnti



AFI Fastrack Prize 2024


OUR MISSION

"To nurture emerging fashion designers into fashion entrepreneurs from design schools

and local communities across Pan Africa, through connecting them to a global fashion network

whilst encouraging to expand and maintain their brands with the assistance of AFI to contribute

to economic and skills development."

A group of models in extravagant fashion standing in a line at the Hollywoodbets Durban July 2023

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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Key Components

  1. Business Mentoring
  2. Educational Seminars
  3. Networking Opportunities
  4. Workspace
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Focus Areas

  1. Skills Development
  2. Economic Development
  3. Sustainability
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Workshops

  1. Business start up
  2. Marketing
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Principles of production, manufacturing and retail

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At African Fashion International, we are looking for the future talent to groom into our next headline name with the South African industry.

The FastrackTM graduate selection process has been designed to let you show us if you're what we are looking for in a fashion graduate/emerging designer.

Once you have been shortlisted, we will be making offers to the successful candidates for the 12-month programme where the top 5 candidates will be part of a reality series.

If you feel you have what it takes, we look forward to receiving your application.

The candidates will be required to complete the online application form, given details of their work experience, qualifications and key strengths.

The FastrackTM recruitment team will review the information you have provided, and if you meet the criteria we are looking for, you will be invited to the next stage of the process.

 

THE CRITERIA

Must be between the ages
of 18 – 34 years old

Must be an African citizen with
a valid ID/passport

Must have a valid fashion related qualification or 5+ years experience within the Fashion industry.

Application
is free

PREVIOUS AFI FASTRACK WINNERS

Shamyra Moodley
2021

Shamyra Moodley, winner of AFI FastrackTM 2021 and founder of LaaniRaani, constantly reinvents herself by collaborating with other young designers.

She practices what she preaches through her up-skilling program where she establishes sustainable employment opportunities for local women teaching them handy craftsmanship.

Sindi Mbobo
2019

Sindi Mbobo, winner of AFI FastrackTM 2019, found inspiration for his debut runway showcase in the uniforms worn by young people in the 70’s who were enforcing change into South Africa.

He was awarded a cash prize of ZAR50, 000 to grow his fashion label Name Brand.

Sibusiso Molete
2016

Sibusiso ‘Buda’ Malete showcased at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and won the Fastrack Young Designer of the Year award in 2016.

He has since been featured in Teen Vogue as a South African designer you need to know.

Nthabiseng Molefe
2015

Nthabiseng Molefe, is a South African fashion designer who won the AFI Fastrack competition in 2015. She initially studied and completed graphic design, but soon realized that she did not enjoy it as much as she thought.

Fashion has always been her true love, so she decided to resign from her job and study fashion. It's been a fulfilling journey ever since.

Tuelo Nguyuza
2014

Since winning Fastrack in 2014, Tuelo Nguyuza has grown his glamourous high-end label

Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv into a globally recognised brand, featured on Black is King and worn by the influential.

Eleni Labrou of Akedo
2013

AFI Young Designer of the Year in 2013, Eleni Labrou presented anaesthetic that melded a vivid colour palette with tailored silhouettes.

Her flair for balancing the weird with sophistication has brought her notable success.

Kim Gush
2012

That year it was a rare event to see fashion forward men’s wear on the ramp at South African fashion shows.

The 2012 FastrackTM winner Kim Gush inspired the menswear scene, and is now a business lecturer at FEDISA Fashion School.

Toki Tafeni
2011

Cape Town College of Fashion Design student ‘swept the floor’ at the inaugural FastrackTM in 2011.

Thoki Tafeni also won a 6-month internship at Foschini and is now a UX & Product Designer working with the biggest brands in the world.


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