PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Student designer Thandiwe Mshengu (third, left) walks the ramp after models showcased her collection. (Photo:plus size formal dresses)

IT looked like a runway in Paris, Milan­ or New York - models strutted, fashionably attired guests snapped pictures and the music was pumping.

This was the picture at the fashion extravaganza showcased by first and second-year students from the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion Design on Saturday evening at the city


The models wore skilfully designed outfits that have taken months to craft for this much anticipated annual fashion event.

Established by Priscilla Bhika in 1965, the PMB School of Fashion Design has been holding the Fashion Runway Awards for the past 51 years to celebrate former students and showcase the work of current students.

The show opened with a showcase of garments that have earned the students accolades at some of the country’s spectacular fashion events, including the Vodacom Durban July and Africa Fashion Week.

This year students from the PMB School of Fashion Design made an outstanding impact at the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award, which is the most sought-after category for students.

The collections from 58 students included different themes from Princess of Africa, Kaleidoscopic Black, Street Beats, Geometric City and The Great Gatsby.

Students were also awarded top design­ awards for various categories.

The designers of the year awards were scooped by Amanda Zondi, Anika­ Mahadoe and Leona Pillay, first and second year students respectively.

After the show, former chairperson of KwaZulu-Natal Fashion Council Greg Wallis announced he had selected a group of designers to put forward to the Africa Fashion International and Durban Fashion Fair programmes.

Wallis said the preselected students will go through vigorous training and receive mentorship to go to do big things in fashion.

The pre-selected students are Cari Williams, Samihka Sivananan, Claudia Novuka, Tessa van Rensburg, Zama Msomi, Mandisa Dladla, Leona Pillay and Martin John Steenkamp.

Also attending the fashion event was speaker of Umgungundlovu District Municipality Yusuf Bhamjee who congratulated Bhika on the school’s 51-year milestone.

“The School of Fashion has played a significant role in improving a lot of young designers in the city.

“Pietermaritzburg indeed produces the finest designers and Bhika is an institution and has brought joy to many families.”Read more at:formal dresses 2016