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LOOKING AT LAYERS (article first published : 2005-10-4)

KwaZulu-Natalís fashion industry is preening itself in preparation for one of the annual highlights of the national fashion year. Final year students from The Durban Institute of Technologyís (DIT) Department of Fashion and Textiles are making last minute adjustments to garments that are guaranteed to inspire and impress all who attend the renowned DIT Fashion Show.

The theme for this yearís show, Layers, is already hot news in the fashion world, and each studentís unique interpretation of this theme will certainly have ripple-effects in fashion scene. "Layers is a very current and versatile look and can be addressed in terms of fabric, or simply in terms of clothing," explains Department Head, George Vorster. "Layers are here to stay for quite a while, and we are excited by the studentsí innovative translations of this theme."

The show will run over three evenings from October 5 to 7 and will be held at the Sports Centre on the Steve Biko Campus, in Mansfield Road. Some 25 students will participate on each of the first two evenings, and the final Gala evening will showcase the 20 finalists. Exciting categories guarantee inspirational viewing and include awards for innovative ranges, casual wear, menswear and technical ranges.

Showcasing the talent of students in the Department of Fashion is not where it stops either. With the recent amalgamation of the Departments of Fashion and Textiles, fabrics designed and created by students will be exhibited in an exciting "Art-Deco" range of garments on the Gala evening.

Sponsored by fashion heavyweights, like the Holmes Brother, DDE, Edcon, John Peter, and the Frame Group, the prizes are a good indication of the seriousness with which students emerging from the DITís fashion and textile training are viewed. The annual show is used as a picking ground by a number of major fashion concerns.

With the Durban Institute of Technology now being a university of Technology, the courses in fashion design and textiles are registered degree courses, which can be taken up to a doctorate level. Each year the department turns out approximately 50 students who are trained not only in textile and fashion design, but also in pattern cutting, merchandising and running a business.

Many DIT fashion students are quickly snapped up by major groups and offered posts in the field of design, buying and merchandising, while others quickly develop names for themselves under their own labels giving rise to the Departmentís pride in their successful training of future members of the fashion industry and employment creation.

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