Fashion Communiqué

September 2010

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Thanking the Chamber

A much appreciated thank you to the Wesvaal Chamber of Business for awarding the  'small enterprise of the year' award to North West School of Design.  I would also like to thank all the people I've worked with over the years and the ones who have just come a'board.  Also a thank you to all past and pressent students who are continuously building the NWSD brand.  Thank you for what you all have done to help NWSD become what it is today.  I hope you can feel that, in my own way, I thank you everyday!

Bridal Africa selects semi-finalists

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Ofelia Andrade, Yolande Maree and Althea van der Linde have been selected to present their work to the panel of judges of the 2010 bridal Africa Young Designers Awards.  We wish them well as they prepare for this while completing their graduating ranges for the NWSD forthcoming fashion show.

Zen-Cle @ Mafikeng Campus

Clemen Coetzee, the proud owner of the Zen-Cle label was in the Top 3 of his graduating class at NWSD.  Clemen graduated in 2008 and has since then worked as a freelance couturier.  Clemen, originally from Klerksdorp relocated to Mafikeng in June 2010 with the opening of the NWSD Mafikeng satelite campus.  Clemen now operates his studio from the NWSD Night School premises as he has been appointed as the Mafikeng Night School manager.  All our Mafikeng readers can reach Clemen on 076 024 9554 to schedule a consultation for the desinging of that dream dress.

Customized Offsite Training in your area

Just a good news reminder to all our out-of-town readers, that we proudly offer training on your turf, customized to suit your need.  We send our training staff to you to present courses that you have selected, mixed-and-matched from our course list (available on the website).  Any of  our courses, or parts thereof, or combinations thereof can be presented in your area to a group of 10 to 15 delegates.  Furthermore, we offer a 5% discount on group booking fees. 

Other News

Discovering Your Voice - Calenders:  An Inspirational photo project with Hospice Patients and Caregivers.  Photos by Donovan Roets, a NWSD photo'graphy graduate.  Research by Estelle du Toit.  What the photos illustrate is the hope, love and care that Hospice gives, a positive energy flowing through each colour, angle, effect and person in the photo, and a quote for every photo that really gives a deeper meaning to the image in front of you, and many of us if not all can relate to each quote in the photos.  A total of 5000 calendars were printed, and Hospice is selling them at only R50 each, all funds go to Hospice Matlosana. Please support Hospice by buying one and showing you care.  Tel: 018 462 3916

NWSD graduate, Caroline Barnard (nee Potgieter) was the NWSD Design Your Future winner in 2005, and graduated Top 3 in her class, also winning the Showstopper Award at the 2007 Graduation Fashion Show, also selected as first year Best designer in 2006.  In 2007,Caroline was selected as the Bridal Africa runner up.  Caroline has now been appointed assistant designer to Gert Johan Coetzee.

Anel Botha Couture has employed two NWSD graduates, Palesa Mayebase and Theodorah Mayile.

We have the following positions available for  2011. 
Night School Manager (Klerksdorp Campus),
Lecturers in fashion, art and decor studies. 
Off Site Training Manager. 
For further details, please email me,

We would like to welcome Mandu Tlou, an intern from Vuselela college as our new admin assistant. 

Introducing Fashion Management


.....and so we find ways for not only our current students to move forward in fashion, but also our graduates.  With this objective in mind, we have introduced a series of new courses relating to fashion management.  These include fashion photo-graphy (& styling), fashion marketing, fashion events management, fashion buying, trend forecasting and fashion merchandising.  These courses can be completed as individual 2 month, evening courses (twice weekly) or adding them together to form the 1 year, part time fashion management course.

NWSD graduates who succesfully complete all these courses, will receive a top up 3rd year diploma.  Other individuals who complete all 6 short courses as a one year part time course, receives a Fashion Management Certificate.  

We  invite any individual to attend any of these courses.

 Thank you,
Marlene Oosthuizen

To read my views on the recent wage wars in the clothing industry, go to

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Gert Johan Coetzee @ SA Fashion Week
GJC show is scheduled for Saturday, 2 Oct @ 20h00.  Book at Computicket.

Basic Upholstery
Mafikeng Campus:  Saturday, 13 November 2010
(Cover a headboard)

Flower Arranging

Mafikeng Campus:  Saturday, 16 October. 

Lingerie Making

Klerksdorp Campus, Monday to Friday, mornings only, 09h00 to 13h30, 8 November to 12 November

Correspondence Pattern Design

Using the award winning X!act Design Patternmaker, manual & DVD set

Graduation Fashion Show

Saturday, 6 November 2011. 

Klerksdorp Rec centre.

R50-00 per person


Sorry, all front row seats have been sold out!

Student Lodgings
Should you have a flat or boarding available, please go to our website & complete the supplied form on the 'contact us' page of the website

Full time Fashion Registrations

Registrations for the 2011 Fulltime Clothing Design & Techonology Diploma course, are now open.  Please contact Charles to schedule your entrance exam.  018 462 5149

2011 Course Schedules

Please go to our website for info and dates on all our courses for 2011 which include:

Gap Year Programmes
Interior Decor
Full time Fashion
Part time fashion
Fashion Management

Comprehensive sewing

Contact us:

North West School of Design: 

018 462 5149
083 639 9790


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