Fashion Communiqué

June 2011

Just in case you did not know allready.....the modern Corsetiere.  Groundbreaking new design manual from NWSD Principle.

corset book and me.jpgIt is with great excitement that we follow up on our last minute article in the last Newsletter “The Modern Corsetière”.  Since then the book has been delivered and the reception has been overwhelming.   We thank all of our friends for the great feedback and would like to share with you that the price of the book has been decided upon, but for a short time only.  The introductory price is R285.00 and can be booked with Marlene or Charles.  Simply phone 018 462 5149 or email us at or .  

2010 Graduate lands dream job

NWSD 2010 Fashion Graduate’s are some still adapting to their new and exciting


 careers.  Still young and full of energy they are ideal for employing in businesses where they get as much exposure as possible to various things in order for them to build up an idea of what they would like to do at some stage later in life.  And it comes as no surprise when Sandotn based Busby employed Ofelia “Fifi” Andrade as their administrator
Busby is a wholesale and retail group in South Africa, employing more than 1550 people nationwide, Busby distributes extensive ranges of clothing, luggage, handbags accessories and eyewear. All bearing International Brand Names, house brands and private labels..


What makes this employment so special is that Ofelia will take on responsibilities such as handling samples and new designs from companies such as Guess, Nine West, Claire's, Forever New, and Mango, to name a few.   Busby is also very well known for their corporate structures that allows for its employees to grow within the business. Ofelia, we are very proud of you and wish you all the luck for the future.

NWSD trio represents at Vodacom Durban July Semi Finals.

The annual Vodacom Durban July is a benchmark of glits and glamour on the South African  social calendar.  And each year the numbers of star studded celebrities increase with designs by up and coming and some already established  designers.  2011 is no different as the NWSD has three of our students present at the semi finals judging for this glamorous event.  Stiena Hoffmann,  Ilze Delport, and Melanie Grobler were among the numbers of competitor designers on 26 May in Bloemfontein

It’s a proud moment for the lecturers and students of the NWSD as we can proudly say we have got the utmost confidence for all three of our candidates and hope all the best for them.  


Vintage Fashion Show @ Rio Casino Resort & Hotel

towels02.jpgAs we all know fashion always ends up in a full circle. What was Fashionable a few decades ago is sure to be fashionable again at some stage or another. With that being said we have found a very appropriate manner to bring tribute to the fashion of yesteryear.

On the 2'nd of July 2011 we will be hosting a Vintage Fashion Show at the Rio Casino Resort in Klerksdorp. It promises to be an unforgettable event showcasing the talents of our students.  We are planning to dust of Gran's Dresses and add a little modern flavour, jazz it up and showing you what weve got.  It is not only exciting for us as the North West School of Design but a perfect opportunity for our students to broaden their horizons and work with textures and styles unknown to them. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates and more info.

The Art of Sewing, dead trait or alive or kicking?

woman-sewing-machine-240ls082410.jpgWith everything moving at such a quick pace and knowing that the only constant is change.  One cannot help but wonder whether some very essential craft traits are being left behind to make way for more modern procedures....We ask ourselves, is sewing dead? Well definately NOT at the North West School of Design.  And continuing our dedicated search for the new best thing there are certain things we keep close to our hearts.  Oneofthosethings are sewing.  At the North West School of Design we are offering a Comprehensive Sewing Course that promises to breath new life into this neglected art.  Starting on the 18'th of July 2011 this six-week short course will cover the basics of sewing, it will also help you inderstand you machine better as well as assist you in the maintanence of it.  Covering all the techniques in sewing, from handwork, to all different seam types, hem types, collars, cuffs, sleeves, facings, fasteners, boning, etc. the course also consist of cutting & sewing of 120 sewing technique samples.  Includes quality standards of all sewing techniques.
Classes Run from Monday to Friday 08h30-13:30 from 18 July - 26 August 2011.

Call the North West School of Design TODAY to book your place at 018 462 5149. or simply email us at or

Our renowned correspondence course.  


It can be regarded as a purchase to improve your tailoring skills.  The correspondence course includes the exciting new book by Marlen Oosthuizen "The modern Corsetiere" as well as the  ever so poular X!act design patternmaker.  For the unbelievable price of R1000 you too can own the tools that has made life much easier for countless designers.  Saving you a total of R85-00.  The costs are exclusive of shipping and handling.

For more inforamation regarding ordering you can email Marlene or Charles at or

July intake for our Fulltime Fashion course.

The early bird catches the worm.  but patience is a virtue.  If you fall into the catagory of the latter you might find some value in our July intake for Fulltime fashion studies.  Thats right if you missed the opportunity to enrol in January you can now register for our Fulltime Fashion (clothing design & technology) course.  This course is by far our most poular course and has prepared many designers for life.  Designers such as Gert Johan Coetzee, Anel Botha, Mercia Matlhaku and many many more have completed this course and are still making big waves in the fashion industry.  Students are also offered an option to further studies to obtain a three year fashion design degree.
Classes run from Monday-Friday from 08h30-13h30.  And practical applications are done from 13h30-17h00.  Classes Start on the 11'th July but the registration period is allready OPEN!  Do not miss this opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge and the tools to pave your way to greatness for your future.  For more info call us at 018 462 5149 or email us at or

What our part time students think of our courses.


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.  

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