This category celebrates designers of clothing and accessories whose designs are imaginative, striking and original. It also rewards designs that promote and are infused with African sensibilities and women who foster South Africa’s fashion industry, keeping pace with the ever changing fashion world. It also rewards those women who nurture South African young designers in a creative and original manner.

Vanessa Gounden

Vanessa Gounden was born into a poor South African family and raised in a township, but that is a distant past. Her brand “Vanessa G” is aimed at the contemporary woman of today that has an appreciation of the arts and wants her clothes to reflect her sensibility. Through “Vanessa G”, Vanessa communicates the emotions of upwardly mobile women, whilst at the same time capturing the untold stories of unsung artists. Every garment in the “Vanessa G” collection endeavours to look like a piece of art - the ultimate statement of luxury that it not only looks alluring but also creates an exclusive, wearable and character-defining fashion statement. The Vanessa G design studio, aims to translate and filter the passion and vision of Vanessa’s art ethos into ready-to-wear garments; at all times aiming to ensure that the art remains not just in the creation of the garments but also in the very essence of each piece.

Nkhensani Nkosi

Nkhensani Nkosi is a multi talented woman. Fashion designer, entrepreneur, founder of the enormously popular clothing range Stoned Cherrie and an actress. She is a two-time Style magazine award-winner for best designer. The chain store Woolworths chose her, among others, as a new South African designer and retailed her diffusion line in 2004. She released her first compilation music CD titled Stars at Play on the What's Phat record label in 2005. Plays she has appeared in include Sophiatown, The Coloured Museum and Marabi, which toured internationally. She has won numerous awards, including the International Crystal Award for Entertainer of the Year in 1998.

Funeka Angel Sukazi

Funeka Angel Sukazi completed her studies as a designer in 2006, and Deja Vu Designs is the realization of her life-long dream of being involved in the fashion industry. Some of her achievements include being chosen as one of the very few designers to participate in the 2009 Tapestry Of Dreams Charity Project where her design was showcased alongside designs by international designers such as Vivienne Westwood & Simon Rademan.

FASHION DESIGN AND INNOVATION    |   2013 NOMINEES