For three days starting on the 1st of December 2012, the general public had the chance to once again admire the creativity of Elizabeth Galloway’s students.
The event was the annual Graduate Fashion Exhibition which took place at the P.J. Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.
The fashion exhibition is an exercise in Visual Merchandising, and comprises of static displays featuring garments from the third years’ self-expression ranges. The aim is to show the clothing to best advantage while complementing the theme of the range, as it would be in a retail setting, e.g. a shop window.
The resulting variety was a feast for the eyes. Visitors could imagine themselves in a boudoir or on a beach, in a coffee shop or a park, an office or on a boat, at a ball or a witches’ coven. The settings were cleverly created with the aid of props mostly carted in by willing fathers, brothers and boyfriends.
Viewing the garments from closer proximity as opposed to seeing them on the catwalk, afforded one the opportunity to really appreciate the amount of hard work that went into their creation, as well as the high standard of craftsmanship involved. The students themselves were in attendance to answer any questions, and a truly great time was had by all!