By Johannes Hangula
WITH applications having closed three days ago, there is a buzz in the air. Designers are frantic to ensure that their garments are flawless, with each hoping that their application for The Intern stands out from the rest.
Is there a lot of pressure? Well, yes.
The Intern is aimed to discover new and emerging talent of fashion designers from Namibia, and to be trained and be mentored by the House of David Tlale, for them to be introduced to the fashion business and bigger platforms at national and continent level.
The applicants will showcase their designs at the Windhoek Fashion Show on Saturday, upon which a winner will be chosen for The Intern mentorship programme.
The Intern is a programme developed and conducted by renowned and award winning South African celebrity fashion designer David Tlale.
Tlale with his 15 years of experience in the fashion industry had showcased his luxury brand at the world’s top fashion shows such as Mercedes Benz fashion week in New York, Paris and Johannesburg. The Intern programme will empower and transfer skills to young and upcoming fashion designers from across Africa.
Tlale established this one-year appreciative programme in 2012 and currently the House of David Tlale is training nine young designers on a full-time basis. The emerging designers have so far showcased their products at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg, Durban Fashion Fair, and at Lagos Design as part of their preparation and introduction to clients and the media.
This programme further serves as an invite to budding fashion designers with a minimum qualification in fashion study such as; Certificate/Diploma/Self-taught.
The programme will further these assist the emerging talent to muscle up creatively, and create quality products that will enable them to be competitive in the local and global fashion market.
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