2016 Annual Fashion Show Review
The Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion , based in Techno Park, Stellenbosch is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. At the time that the school was built, Techno Park was just open veld, and the academy opened its doors offering informal training in fashion design and garment construction. Today the academy offers a number of accredited programmes and produces highly sought after fashion graduates.
The students took the opportunity to showcase their excellent work this year at the Protea Hotel in Techno Park during the academy’s Annual Fashion Event on Saturday 27th August.
This signature event celebrates the achievements of Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion students and is also an opportunity for the academy to thank its fashion industry friends for their support, and the event was therefore well attended by the industry.
Denim Shorts – 1st Year Students
This was followed by the second year students and their winter coats, done justice to by the professional models who took to the catwalk.
Coats – 2nd Year Students
The final year Diploma students showcased their Self-expression ranges, with each student creating a capsule collection of three to four looks based on a storyline, judged by a panel of members of the fashion industry, and with a separate award given out by Elizabeth Galloway Alumni.
Self Expression Ranges – 3rd Year Students
Elizabeth Galloway’s Head of Design, Fiona Abdo, congratulated the final year students: “The 3rd year students of 2016 have managed to produce an impressive diversity of ranges. Besides the fact that the ranges show a high degree of quality in design and production what I enjoy most is the truly self-expressive nature, they have managed to reflect their true story through design. I look forward to seeing what more they have to offer.”
The Best Self-expression award went to Megan Miller and Jackie Burger on judging panel had this to say: “Megan Miller’s collection captured the modern spirit of design. Her aesthetic reflects expressive style and fluidity and a keen eye for range cohesion and editing. Her clever application of colour and textural layering, finished off with considered embellishment created designs that were rich in content and effortless in wearability.”
Academy Award: Best Self Expression Range – 3rd Year Student, Megan Miller
Truworths handed out the Best Commercial Range award, which went to Nicole Truter, and was designed with contemporary and broad appeal. (insert photo of Best Commercial Range) “I was extremely impressed by the maturity of the designs this year”, commented founder and director Elizabeth Galloway.
Truworths Award: Most Commercial Self Expression Range – 3rd Year Student, Nicole Truter
The academy’s alumni presented their own award to Grace Schoombie for her four piece feminine collection, self-described as “a youthful, whimsical collection inspired by all things beautiful” and featuring “water colour printed fabric and embroidered details”. Astrid Van Zyl, designer at Keedo International, and last year’s winner of the Alumni Award, presented the award. (insert photo of Grace’s collection if possible).
Alumni Award: Best Self Expression Range – 3rd Year Student, Grace Schoombie
Cyla Gonsolves and Lineo Masupha received a special mention by the judges for their standout looks and bold perspectives. “It is all about mixing tradition with reinvention of fusion and honouring both heritage and modern designs”, wrote Lineo of her African inspired collection. Cyla’s feminist range spoke to female empowerment and gender equality such that “boundaries dissipate and gender comes to value timelessness”.
Special Mentions: Self Expression Ranges – 3rd Year Students, Cyla Gonsolves & Lineo Masupha
Following the third year ranges, the adult learners taught by Elizabeth Galloway modelling their outfits down the runway. The event ended with the fourth year Advanced Diploma students showing off their beautiful and interesting creations.
Inez Shaw, director at the academy and daughter of Elizabeth Galloway, summed up the show as follows: “It is a true celebration of Academy spirit, student accomplishments and sharing our successes. Our alumni, industry friends and collaborators are a large part of the event’s success.”
Inez & Elizabeth – Academy Directors