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Mchunu scoops Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award

Durban July Fashion Winner

Aspiring designers shone bright at this year’s Hollywoodbets Durban July under the theme “Show Me the Honey” on Saturday, with Ismael Mchunu winning the Young Designers Award.

Mchunu, from the Durban University of Technology, walked away with R50 000 worth of bursary funding, and R 10 000 in cash, while Slindile Ndlovu, from the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion, took second place and walked away with R30 000 worth of bursary funding and R5 000 in cash. In third place was Nhlanhla Dlamini, from the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion, who walked away with R20 000 worth of bursary funding and R2 000 in cash.

For months, designers have been preparing for a moment to showcase their designs and they finally got the opportunity to do so at the Hollywoodbets Durban July, which took place at Greyville Racecourse on 02 July 2022.

The Young Designer Award is a Gold Circle initiative that was implemented over 20 years ago. With Hollywoodbets being the title sponsor of the Durban July, the Hollywood Foundation saw a fantastic opportunity to assist students who have a passion for fashion design by pledging R100 000 worth of bursary funding to add to the prizes for the Hollywoodbets Durban July Young Designer Award category, presented by the Durban Fashion Fair.

Mchunu said the process was heavy for him as he spent so much time planning the work. “I am very happy that this is how it came out in the end,” he said. Mchunu used the 2022 theme of ‘Show Me the Honey’ to focus on the flower that bees pollinate and delved deeper into the flower with his inspiration coming from the bud.

He said the theme was all about being sweet, “So, the concept was the beauty inside the bud of the flower when it is open. There was a lot of work to do on the garment and to see how it all ended up makes me feel good and I am looking forward to the next steps in my journey,” Mchunu added.

Mchunu also wins a trip to the SA Fashion Week in October and a R5 000 gift card, courtesy of Gateway Theatre of Shopping. As the winning college, Durban University of Technology will receive a R30 000 grant from Gold Circle to be used to support the programmes and structures in place to develop design students.

Ismael Mchunu

Winner of the Young Designers Award

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