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Students and Graduates Achievements
Vukani finalists 2010
NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN students excel yet again! Three full time Clothing Design and Technology students, (Yolande Maree, Nadine Roodt and Joani Pieterse) and graduate student, (FX Prins) get selected as nationwide African finalists in the SAFDA (South African Fashion Designers Agency) competition. The finals of this competition will be hosted later this year.
J&B Met , Anel Botha and Gert-Johan Coetzee
Anel Botha (Graduate student), class of 2005 & 2006 get nationwide coverage including, Top Billing magazine program, whereby her designs for theAnel Botha (Graduate student), class of 2005&2006 get nationwide coverage including, Top Billing magazine program, whereby her designs for the J&B Met in Cape Town is selected as “Best Themed Couple”. She wins an array of prizes. Another graduate, student, Gert-Johan Coetzee’s design, worn by Thembi Seete walks away with “Best Dress” at the Met.
Marlene Oosthuizen, principal of NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN receives a profile in the "Your Profile" section of the Your City Newspaper. This column features profiles of people in the Klerksdorp area.
Gert-Johan Coetzee & Uyanda Mbuli split up!
Gert-Johan Coetzee (graduate student of North West School of Design) and Uyanda Mbuli who joined forces in launching their label, “Diamond Face Couture” splits up. The Heat magazine takes the story further …
Gert-Johan and Uyanda no more!
The popular, weekly magazine that grace many a home, the “You” magazine reports on the split-up of graduate designer, Gert-Johan Coetzee and business-woman anThe popular, weekly magazine that grace many a home, the “You” magazine reports on the split-up of graduate designer, Gert-Johan Coetzee and business-woman and ex-partner, Uyanda Mbuli.
Yolande – Potch Herald
Yolande Maree, current second year Clothing Design and Technology student, receives article in Potchefstroom Herald on successes of this up-and coming student of the NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN.
Rustenburg Herald, Mafikeng Mail and, Potchefstroom Herald Open Model Casting in March 2010.
The Rustenburg Herald, Mafikeng Mail and Potchefstroom Heraldreports on the open model casting that was held in Klerksdorp in March 2010. Over 220 models attended the casting session, whereby models were selected for the Platinum Fashion Festival.
Miss Klerksdorp 2009 says thank you!
Miss Klerksdorp 2009 says thank you to all the sponsors that made her reign wonderful in the Klerksdorp Record. NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN also receives coverage, as every year, the winning Miss Klerksdorp gets an corset designed especially for her by the first year Clothing Design and Technology students of the NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN.
Jose de Canha dresses Miss Klerksdorp and Teen
Graduate student, Jose de Canha (Designer of the Year 2003) gets approached by the organisers of Miss Klerksdorp and Miss Klerksdorp Teen 2010 to design exquisite evening gowns for all 20 finalists. This is a great honour for any designer, as Miss Klerksdorp and Miss Klerksdorp Teen draw a huge crowd to attend the crowning ceremony.
Anel Botha dresses Zodwa Malaka
Klerksdorp Midweek Anel Botha, graduate student (class of 2005&2006) dresses television actress Zodwa Malaka for a function held in Soweto. The Klerksdorp Midweek places an article …
3 Vodacom Durban July semi-finalists
The NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN, boasts another three semi-finalists for the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Awards. Yolande Maree and Ofelia Andrade (both second year students) and Stiena Hoffmann (first year student) keep the name of NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN flying high. The newspaper, Noordwes Beeld reports on the story.
Yolande Maree (current second year student of NWSD) scoops the title of High Fashion Winner at the South African Fashion Designers Agency / Vukani Awards that was hosted at Mmaponya Mall in Soweto in June 2010. Vukani has often seen students of theNORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN getting selected as winners in either, Innovative, High Fashion or Overall Winners in their competition for young designers.
In an Annual competition hosted by nationwide retailer, Foschini and Heat Magazine, Yolande Maree (current second year student) gets selected as oneIn an Annual competition hosted by nationwide retailer, Foschini and Heat Magazine, Yolande Maree (current second year student) gets selected as one of ten nationwide finalists in this nationwide competition. This is a first for NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN and an excellent accolade both for the college and student’s future prospects as aspiring fashion designer. The Noordwes Beeld reports on this remarkable achievement …
6 finalist for this above mentioned competition. These designers will have their garments showcased at the Cape Town Fashion Week in November 2010 and compete for the title of Nokia / Foschini Young Designer Award in August 2010 also in Cape Town.
YOU spectacular Awards!
The You and Huisgenoot, annual Awards takes place in Johannesburg, and two graduate students of the NORTH WEST SCHOOL OF DESIGN dress South Africa’s A-list celebrities. Gert-Johan Coetzee dresses ex-Miss SA Cindy Nell-Roberts and Anel Botha dresses, Gugu Zuma, (Isidingo actress) and daughter of Jacob Zuma. Both these two designs feature prominently in the You and Huisgenoot magazines.
Miss Klerksdorp 2010
The first year students of 2009 corsets are proudly worn by the Miss Klerksdorp 2010 contestants. Graduate student, Jose de Canha (Designer of the Year 2003) also has the honour bestowed to dress the senior and junior finalists in each category. Klerksdorp Record reports on the story ...
Front Page Photo!
Robert Thwaites (photography student ) of the North West School of Design’s photograph of blazing fire at the recycling facility in Dawkinskille appears on the front page of the Klerksdorp Record
GJC launch in Illovo.
Gert-Johan Coetzee, (Graduate student), Designer of the Year 2005 launches his label in Illovo, Johannesburg. The YOU magazine and Klerksdorp Record was there to capture some action.
gjc_launch_illovo_pic_ August 2010
At the Photography Exhibition of the 2010 photography students display their work to the general public. Students that received coverage are the following:
Odette Swanepoel - Best Commissioned Work 2010,
Odette Swanepoel - Best Portrait 2010,
Angelique van der Berg - Best Landscape 2010 and
Odette Swanepoel - Best Portfolio 2010
The Klerksdorp Record places photographs of the winning students’ photographs.
Bridal Africa semi-finalists
Three current fulltime students, (Ofelia Andrade, Yolande Maree and Althea van der Linde) get selected as nationwide semi-finalists for the prestigious Bridal Africa 2010 Young Designer Competition.
Sex and the City Premiere!
At the “Sex and the City 2” premiere in Johannesburg, local celebrities get snapped, Gert-Johan Coetzee (Graduate student, class of 2004&2005) also get asked to sign the bottle of champagne. De Kat magazine was there ...
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2010
At the annual banquet hosted by the Wesvaal Chamber of Business, whereby business people get recognition for hard work and outstanding excellence, the North West School of Design, scoops the title of “Small Business of the Year 2010.” This is the third time, that the North West School of Design receives accolade from the Wesvaal of Chamber of Business.
2003 – Marlene Oosthuizen was awarded Businesswoman of the Year and
2004 – Marlene was awarded with a Special Award, for the recognition and development of the X!Act Design Patternmaker
Miss Crossing Launch
The North West School of Design with the launch of their Mafikeng Campus, launch Miss Crossing 2010. The Mafikeng Mail was there to get the scoop of the event ...
Ofelia has made it!
Ofelia gets further selected as nationwide finalist for the Bridal Africa Young Designer Award. (See August 2010-3) Klerksdorp Record places article ...
Gert-Johan Coetzee feature in YOU and Huisgenoot.
Gert-Johan Coetzee receives a human interest article in the Huisgenoot / You magazine of fame and fortune as one of SA’s latest and up-and-coming designers.
Miss Crossing announced!
In collaboration between the Crossing Shopping Centre and the North West School of Design – Mafikeng Campus, Pertunia Mosweusweu was announced as “Miss Crossing 2010”. This was the first time that the Crossing Shopping Centre had a queen. Pertunia’s list of duties will include duties allocated by the Crossing and promotional work for North West School of Design.
Fashion Fever hits Klerksdorp!
Local newspaper, Your City announces the much awaited Graduation Fashion Show of 2010. Watch this space!
Graduation Fashion Show 2010
The Klerksdorp Recreation Centre came to standstill on 6 November 2010, when the graduating class of 2009&2010, presented their Graduation Fashion Show. This was covered in the local newspaper, the Klerksdorp Record, Your City and other media publications including, the Platinum Living Magazine. The winners for the evening was:
Facebook & Email well-wishes
Various well-wishes from the public stream in from the social networking page, Facebook as well as emails ...
Platinum Living reports ...
The Platinum Living magazine reports on the Graduation Fashion Show 2010 which was a huge success ...
Celebrate Christmas creatively ...
North West School of Design makes Christmas trees for the City Mall. The Your City newspaper reports on the story, “celebrate Christmas creatively ...”
A tree for every taste ...
The Klerksdorp Record approached, Charles and Marlene Oosthuizen on how they celebrate their festive season, in their supplement, “a tree for every taste ...”