By Mimik PR
Colours of a Kind is proud to announce their very first Intern Fashion Competition. This thrilling competition gave seven of their talented interns the extraordinary opportunity to design and create a bespoke Bridal Shower outfit for the esteemed presenter and beloved personality, Palesa Tembe.
To kickstart the competition, Miss Tembe graciously provided a comprehensive brief outlining her desired style and preferences for the garment. Armed with this valuable insight, their interns embarked on a creative journey, fuelled by passion and an unwavering commitment to bring Palesa and their vision to life.
The first round of judging was held on the 17th of May at the Colours of a Kind studio in Woodstock, where the culmination of weeks of hard work and dedication was witnessed. The panel of judges included the radiant Miss Palesa Tembe, Colours of a Kind’s beloved GM, Jackie Vorster, and their talented Studio Manager, Stella Le Riche. Each judge carefully evaluated each intern's design. With a discerning eye for detail and an appreciation for creativity, the judges chose the top three designs to advance to the next stage of the competition.
In the subsequent round, the top three selected interns received a budget to independently source their fabrics, materialise their designs and ultimately manage their own project. This empowering phase allowed them to explore their unique artistic flair while showcasing their resourcefulness in creating unique pieces. “It was important to us that our participants gained the true experience of creating garments for a client because they will use these skills in their careers”, said Jackie Vorster, GM at Colours of a Kind. Each intern had 4 weeks to transform their designs into samples, ready to be fitted by and tailored to Palesa Tembe.
The highly anticipated final round of judging took place on the 20th of July, marking the climax of this remarkable competition. Palesa Tembe, with the esteemed panel of judges took on the challenging task of selecting the winning designer. Palesa fitted each of the three finalist garments. The design chosen will adorn Palesa but also become a cherished keepsake, embodying the exceptional talent and creativity nurtured at Colours of a Kind. After careful consideration the winner was announced, as Thandokazi Nxazonke! Her design was called “promise”, a name chosen to confirm her future in the fashion industry will most certainly be brimming with promise!.
"I was impressed by the level of creativity and dedication displayed by these talented young designers," said Palesa Tembe. "It's an honour to be a part of this initiative and contribute to women's empowerment in the fashion industry."
Jackie says, “The Intern Fashion Competition is a testament to our commitment to fostering growth, encouraging innovation, and providing unparalleled opportunities for emerging seamstresses and fashion designers. We invite you to join us on this remarkable journey as we strive to empower local women to develop their career, own their power and grow into financial independence”.
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For more on Colours of a Kind, visit https://www.coloursofakind.org