By Johannes Hangula
TAATI Sibolile (29) was announced as the winner of the Intern programme by David Tlale at Windhoek Fashion Week held at the Grove Mall last Saturday.
Sibolile who graduated from the Fedisa Fashion Design College in Cape Town in 2012 with a degree in fashion design said her passion for clothing design came from the love to create.
“For as long as I remember I have been dressing people more than I have been dressing myself. I am not a painter or a sculptor but in clothing I have found that is where I could express myself,” said Sibolile
Sibolile believes that one’s dressing is always the first impression they give to people. “It is not our handshake or either our good morning how are you, it always how you dress. And I always feel that it is very important to always express yourself and through clothing is the easiest and the best way,” she said.
Sibolile, who owns the Taati Sibolile brand, described her journey with into the Intern programme as a non-stop learning experience adding that she was thrilled to have shared a fashion show stage with experienced designers – which was a first for her.
With more about 15 entries received for the Intern programme from local fashion designers, it was only eight finalists who managed to make it and show off their products at the Windhoek Fashion Week stage.
Speaking to Confidente on Saturday night Tlale said he brought the Intern programme to Namibia because he is now focusing on the SADC region. He further added that it was high time that there is one creative programme in the fashion industry that brings the whole industry together, by breaking boundaries through showcasing new talent that is emerging from the continent to the world.
Another winner was local designer Deon Angelo who was personally handpicked by Tlale as he impressed during the auditions.
Angelo (20) who is currently studying fashion design in Milan, Italy, expressed his joy and welcomed the surprise opportunity and explained that he would go with Tlale programme in the coming year and thereafter resume his studies back in Milan.
Tlale said he chose Angelo because of his creativity which showed his ability; and with the nurturing and grooming from the Intern programme, Tlale believes it will really help him become an “amazing designer”.
Sibolile and Angelo are expected to start their year-long Intern Programme in South Africa on January 13.
The Intern programme is expected to be in Namibia again next year as was confirmed by Tlale that he is planning to conduct four workshops throughout the year, with the first workshop to be expected in March and it will host the preparations of designers for applications in September.
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