David Tlale, the internationally recognised fashion designer, graced the community of Vosloorus with a fashion experience like no other. David Tlale called for model casting on the 4th of June 2019 and over 500 models showed up hoping to make the cut. Only 60 models made it to be part of the showcase.
From the candidates that didn’t make it to be models, an opportunity to be part of the show, as Ushers, Dressers, Administrators, Hosts and Registrars was extended.
For this show, the focus was on developing and imparting fashion skills to upcoming fashion stars and models. Taking that forward Mr David Tale decided to take in-house interns from Ekurhuleni, to continue making an impact and difference in the community. The latest intake of interns is in the following fields, 2 interns for Public Relations and Administration the 1 Intern for Graphic Design.
The journey continued by going back to where Tlale grew up and showcased his New York collection to the public of Vosloorus, on the 8th of June 2019 at Vosloorus Civic Centre. The fashion show formed part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative that the brand strives to keep as a priority to help and uplift the Youth with limited resources to persuade their passions and ambitions.
Tlale worked with a number of local designers such as Cowen Modisane, Sir Anthony from Vosloorus and some of the previously honoured by the House of David Tlale on the programme the Intern by David Tlale including Mmuso Maxwell who showcased with Zoe Voyi; Sihle Masango who trained on the programme the Intern by David Tlale, and also was part of the project Runaway South Africa. Kelesto Moraba the 2018 winner for the Intern by David Tlale reality show, showcased at the #TlaleVosloo2NewYork.
The friends and followers of the brand got to know more about his career, how it all started and where to from here.
Tlale shared his journey and experience in the fashion industry, giving insights of how he started to where he is now. The Master Class was created to be a skills transfer for people in the community who are either, young designers, the youth that’s interested in fashion or persuading a career in fashion. The Masterclass was also aimed at the business people that can get inspiration from the House of David Tlale.
He mentioned that it was not an easy journey for him to drop out of his accounting course, to study fashion as his mother was not approving of it.
About the show this is what he had to say: “TlaleVosloo2NewYork fashion show is about showcasing our local talent- models, designers as well to communicate that it doesn’t matter where you come from you can make your dreams come true. I believe in empowering people and giving the youth career opportunities. It only takes a chance to make it in life and that’s what I give to people who want to make it.
Kingsley Carinton, a male model from the show says ‘ It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in life, I’m grateful for the opportunity to model for the House of David Tlale. ‘
‘This was great exposure for me and I learnt a lot from the show, it was fun working with David Tlale’ says Thotohatsi Naphane who was one of the model dressers.
We had an opportunity to hear the experience from the host Rose Mantahli. She says ‘It was nice because I got to meet different people from different walks of life, I loved working with David Tlale he is very professional.
Nonhlanhla Gambu says, ‘ It was a great experience I really enjoyed it, I learnt about fashion and how to work with people.’ She was working as an usher at the show.
Local designers at the #TlaleVosloo2NewYork fashion show at Vosloorus Civic Centre were able to showcase their work and support David Tlale in celebrating his journey thus far.
The event has inspired the community and given them hope concerning their dreams and passion. The fashion show was a great experience not only for Mr Tlale himself but for his family, friends and the community. Various music artists performed at the fashion show including Vusi Nova, East Rand’s forthcoming rapper, Sean Trimmz and Fresh Da Real.
David Tlale is a home grown label that stands out from the crowds, thanks to a design elegance that challenges the clichéd and predictable. Couture that embodies beauty without pretence and shuns harshness for poise, answering the call today’s men and women for design that is young, bold, and elegant. David Tlale is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most interesting clothing labels.
The House of David Tlale
+27 11 492 0430
Follow the conversation by using #TlaleVosloo2NewYorkThe Intern by David Tlale is a program developed to focus on skills transfer and (finishing school) for post-graduates fashion design students, who are looking to improve their skills, finished products and to be ready for the market place on a local and later to the international stage.
The curriculum focuses on:
"The Intern" by David Tlale Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2016
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The Show Case "The Intern by David Tlale" at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2014
Photo Credit: SDR Photos by Simon Deiner
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