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Looking back at 2010 

I've been paging through my 2010 diary and found myself amazed at what we have completed and accomplished this year.  From finally getting the website up and going, to fashion finalists and then to a fabulous graduate show.  With this nostalgia, I thought it best to share these 2010 memories with you, and whilst doing this, we're looking forward to a great 2011 with many more fashion challenges, events and new courses.  

This however is just a small sampling of our year........

Vukani Finalists

2010 kicked off with a bang, with the news that 4 NWSD students were selected as nationwide finalists for the Vukani Young Designers Awards.  Yolande Maree, Nadine Roodt, Joani Pieterse and FX Prins featured in various national newspapers

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Recycle on the Catwalk

February 2010, NWSD students showcased their showpiece fashion garments at the annual Advertising Fashion show, whereby students designed, made and modelled garments by using branding material supplied by shops in the Klerksdorp City Ma'll.  Later on in the year, students got to do this all over again for tenants of the River Square centre in Vereeniging.

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Run'way Run'away at Rio Re'sort

March 2010, NWSD facilitated the largest model casting event in North West.  Over 220 models attended the casting and 40 models were selected to be trained on international run'way modelling, by Xenn Models.  

Double up on the style J&B Met awards

Two NWSD graduate designers scooped top awards at the 2010 J&B Met.  Gert Johan Coetzee dresses Thembi Seete who won best dressed couple.  Anel Botha and partner Graham Calver, wearing her designs, won best themed couple.  

Vodacom Durban July

Three NWSD students were selected as semi finalists for the 2010 Vodacom Durban July Young Designer's Awards.  Yolande Maree, Ofelia Andrade and Stiena Hoffmann

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Corsets on the catwalk

Miss Klerksdorp Finalists were dressed in corsets made and designed by NWSD students.  

You Spectacular Awards

Graduates Gert Johan Coetzee and Anel Botha both dressed a number of celebrities for the 2010 You Spectacular Awards.  Both graduate's designs were featured in the You Magazine.  Gugu Zuma dressed by Anel Botha:


Star studded launch

And so we got to rub shoulders with SA's A-list celebs at Gert Johan Coetzee's launch of his self titled lable.  

Foschini Finalist

NWSD student Yolande Maree has been selected as a Finalist for the Foschini/Nokia Fashion Design Awards.  Yolande's Foschini range was showcased at the Cape Town Fashion Week.  To view these designs go to www.nwsd.co.za and select the fashion show page.

The Business Award

Wesvaal Chamber of Business awarded NWSD with the Small Enterprise of the year award.  

Three for Bridal Africa

Three NWSD students were selected as semi-finalists for the 2010 Bridal Africa Young Designers Awards.  Yolande Maree, Ofelia Andrade and Althea van der Linde.  Then, Ofelia went through as national finalist.

Huisgenoot Skouspel

NWSD graduates Gert Johan Coetzee and Anel Botha dressed several celebs for the 2010 Skouspel.  Both designers were featured in Huisgenoot, You and the Skouspel magazine. 

SA Designer of the year

Gert Johan Coetzee was voted for (by the public) as True Love Magazine SA Designer of the year.

Decades of fashion

6 November 2010 saw the annual graduation show whereby students showcased their graduating ranges to the theme:  Decades. 

Link to view the show:  


The 'Decades' DVD is now available at NWSD.  Get your F'REE 'Decades' DVD when you register NOW, before year end for any of our 2011 courses!

Festive Fashions

From Friday, 3 December, make sure to visi't our stylish Christmas display in the Klerksdorp City Ma'll, as we have redefined the Christmas tree and reshaped it into a fashion item.

Facebook fashion challenge

Make sure to join the North West School of Design Facebook PAGE, as we are constantly running a fashion related quiz with loads of prizes up for grabs.  Also trend updates, events and fashion links.  Here is the link to our Facebook page:


New courses and challenges

With the birth of our new website, also came the introduction of the following new courses:

Fashion Events Management, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Buying, Fashion Photo'graphy, Gap Year Courses, Fashion Management. 

Now combine this with our existing courses in Photo'graphy, fulltime Clothing design &Technology, part time fashion, window dressing, 

and the resu'lt is over 20 NWSD courses. 

We have a course for you!  Our courses are like a fun puzz'le, they fit into one another and you can build your own puzz'le to suit your creative needs and challenges.


Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
William Shakespeare

About half my designs are controlled fan'tasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs. Manolo Blahnik

You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred; only I do not like the fashion of your garments.
William Shakespeare