Fashion Communiqué

January 2011

Gert Johan Coetzee - the 'calm' after the Kardashian storm

Gert-Johan Coetzee gets global attention:
hat a great year this is going to be for our very own graduate and local fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee, who was last year’s SA Designer of the Year.  The first week of the New Year, a top American celebrity has rocked in one of his dresses.  Kourtney Kardashian attended the 2011 People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, wearing a Gert-Johan Coetzee dress.  
On their trip to South Africa late last year, Kim Kardashian and Khloe picked up a couple of dresses by Gert as a gift. Just a few weeks later,  one of the dresses made it on an international red carpet, it's the First time in SA History that an international A-List Celebrity has worn a South-African designer to such a prestigious event.

The next day Gert-Johan's website crashed due to too many hits and his phone rang non stop for a week as international and local media wanted interviews.  He also received an email from "The Hills" Star Kristin Cavallari's Stylist, who also dresses Paris Hilton, asking to wear one of his designs to her Red Carpet birthday bash in Ve'gas.  Gert Johan also received invitations to showcase at both the LA and New York fashion weeks.
minutes after that LA Fashion week gave him a call, and invited him to showcase there.

It's true what they say, "Everything that a Kardashian touches turns to gold"

Gert Johan Coetzee also made headlines with this story...

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Following in the footsteps of his fashion idol - 
Gert Johan Coetzee awards a mentor-ship

For the last couple of months, applications have streamed in as a result of various ra'dio, T'V and newspaper announcements that Gert Johan Coetzee is giving away a mentorship. This mentor-ship includes a bursary, internship and introduction to the industry.  The bursary, to study Clothing Design and Technology at North West School of Design, the college where Gert Johan graduated from, has been awarded to 20 year old, Thabo Makhuzeni, from Stilfontein.

Thabo matriculated in 2008 in Stilfontein, and winning this mentor-ship was a huge surprise for him, as he has been following Gert Johan’s career for the last couple of  years.  Thabo still gets teary-eyed when you ask him about this o'pportunity that has been offered to him.  His excite'ment with a touch of nervousness is evident with the realisation that Gert Johan will watch his every move in terms of his re'sults, attendance and designs.  Gert Johan has further offered to assist this young man with guidance, support and internships. 
Soon, the industry will see Thabo beside one of SA’s biggest designer icons

Welcome to our new staff

Welcoming Abe van Deventer as our new part time course coordinator and acting online editor.  Kobus Rautenbach has been appointed as assistant lecturer and Mothusi Dingalo is our part time fashion lecturer at the Mafikeng Campus.  We have also appointed Eloise Booysen as the new part time Interior decor lecturer for the Klerksdorp campus.  


Want to play? - Pay it forward

"PAY IT FORWARD"  is a private bursary based g'ame that has apparently been going around for ages. 

In the Klerksdorp area, this g'ame can be tracked back for 20 years! 

As we all know, government bursaries are very hard to come by, and a large amount of individuals have come up with the solution to this problem.  It entails no publicity, no glitz and no glam, but it sure has assisted a large amount of professional careers to date.  

So how does it work? 

The deal is:  if you pay tuition fees towards a student's studies, this student, upon graduation has to do the same for someone else, and so forth goes the g'ame. 

Change someone's life, give someone a career:  Pay it forward! 

You can assist one person by financing one student with either full or half bursary towards their tuition fees.  Our greatest need is the assistance for part bursaries.  

NWSD is inundated with bursary requests that are not assisted by government institutions.  You are welcome to go through these applications, as to assist with a 'Pay it forward' bursary!

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Holding thumbs for Designers, Anel Botha and Gert-Johan Coetzee dressing celebs like Elvis Blue and Miss SA. Listing on Facebook.   

Introducing New Courses

As you might know by now, NWSD has introduced a new course:  Fashion Management which is open to anyone in the field of fashion and design, or who has a passion for fashion or design.  I would just like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following aspects of this course

  • It is part time, ideal for people who have to work
  • Classes are only one and half hour each
  • It also serves as a top up course (3rd year diploma)  to NWSD graduates who have obtained the  2 year Diploma course.  Serves as a one year certificate course to non graduates
  • You can split this course to suit your needs.  You do not have to complete the entire course in one year. This course is made up of 7 different shorter courses.  this means you can select from these!  this refers to outside students
  • The course is made up of the following courses:  Fashion Photography, Fashion Events management, Fashion Buying, Trend Forecasting, Window Dressing, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Please send me an email:, if you would like more info.
  • Monthly fee for the entire Fashion Management course is only R600 per month, x 10 payments.  The registration fee is R670
  • Graduates can again qualify to enter fashion competitions, as you would be a registered 3rd year student
  • You will receive a student card and qualify for discount at participating shops

 Fashion Photo'graphy and the Fashion events management are the short courses (subjects) which will be presented first.  

Fashion Photo'graphy is all about getting the theme for the shoot, casting for the model, styling the model, directing the model, taking the photo, selecting the pics and to compile a write up.  This is a 2 month course, Mondays and Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00.  The course is scheduled to start in Feb.  If you are not registering for the entire Fashion Management course, then outside students pay registration fee of R200, and the course fee of  R680 per month, x2 months.  

Fashion Events Management is all about planning, budgeting and coordination of fashion related events, such as fashion shows, pageants, boutique openings, label launches, etc.  Presented Tuesdays and Thursdays, 17h30 to 19h00, starting feb.  Outside students pay, R200 registration and R600 per month ( only a one month course)

Trend Forecasting:  As it is simple to download forecasted trends from the internet, we feel that designers should be able to forecast these trends themselves, and not simply go according to what someone else has predicted.  This also aids in blogging careers, and other fashion related jobs.  This course (subject) starts 6 April, Mondays & Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00.  Outside students pay R200 registration fee, and R680 per month, x2 months

Fashion Buying:  Helps you understand the concept of trends, International trade documentation, to determine selling prices, to source suppliers and to negotiate with suppliers.  To manage the financial performance of a range, how to import merchandise, etc.  This starts on 13 June,  Mondays and Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00.  Outside students pay R200 registration fee, R680 per month, x2 months

Fashion Marketing:  All about keeping up with major changes in the industry, brand building, conceptualise and present a concept, impement activity plans, integrate promotions strategy, maintain relations with media, and market testing, sending press releases etc.  Outside students:  R200 registration fee, and R680 per month, x2 months, starting 15 August, Mondays & Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00

Fashion Entrepreneurship:  To apply basic business principles, comprehensive business plans and financing, operating procedures, staff development, budgets and bookkeeping, case studies.  Analyse a business and determine the way it functions.  Starts 10 October, Mondays, & Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00, Outside students pay, R200 registration and R680 per month

Merchandising and Window Dressing:  Planning & preparation of displays, props and lighting, allocation of windows, selecting stock for display, etc. Starts, 11 Oct, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 17h30 to 19h00, Outside students pay R!20 registration and R600 monthly fee (one month only)

To register for any of these, please contact Abe @ 018 462 5149, or

Thank you,
Marlene Oosthuizen
Abé van Deventer assisted me with this Newsletter and will be assisting me with further Online Editing.

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Full Time Fashion
Registrations close the 7th February 2011. Two Year Full time course in Fashion Design and Technology!  

Fashion Photo'graphy and Journalism

All about selecting the theme, casting for the model, styling the model, directing the model, taking the photo, selection and write up. Starting
 2 Feb to 23 March,
Mondays and Wednesdays,
17h00 to 19h00

Fashion Events Management

All about planning & co-ordination of Bou'tique openings,Fashion shows, Pageants, label launches, etc.
 1 to 24 Feb,
Tuesdays & Thursdays,
17h30 to 19h00

Wardrobe Planning

All about getting your existing wardrobe to be more versatile and to work for you. How to dress correctively according to age old designer-styles-and-secrets.
19 February,
10h00 to 13h00

Part-Time Interior 2011

This course has been renovated and re-vamped and presented by renouned Interior Decorator Eloise Booysen.
2 March to 20 Sept,
Mondays & Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00

Part-Time Fashion 2011

Want to follow your dream of becoming a Fashion Designer, but can't because
you have to work
No need to wait, we offer a Part-Time Fashion Course that is exclusively and conveniently in the evening.
3 March to 29 Sept,
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
17h00 to 19h00.


Two month part time course presented by an Award-Winning Photo'grapher.
11 April to 15 June,
Mondays and Wednesdays, 17h30 to 19h00.

Pattern Design Course

Living far from the North West School of Design Campus', our Correspondence Pattern Design Course is available to you to complete the course at your own pace.

Training on your Turf

Other courses

Part-Time Courses:
*Trend Forecasting
*Fashion Buying
*Fashion Marketing and Fashion Publicist
*Fashion Entrepeneurship
*Merchandising and Window Dressing
*Lingerie Making
*Corset Designing
*Beading & Hat-making
*Comprehensive Sewing

*Hostess Workshop
*Flower Arranging
*Soft Furnishings
*Basic Upholstery
*Paint'ing Techniques

Contact us:

North West School of Design: 

018 462 5149
083 639 9790



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