Design School of SA dresses students for success

The art of dressmaking is seeing a revival in interest from emerging young designers who want to enter the industry well equipped with a depth of garment construction skills. These skills not only allow them to adapt the latest fashions to a variety of different body shapes, but also to offer custom-made clothing that doesn’t resemble everything that comes out of a department store.

Recently students of the Design School Southern Africa (DSSA), one of the leading design education and training institutions in the country, wowed the crowd at Crawford College Lonehill fashion show with a range of beautifully crafted men’s and women’s garments.

Nicolette van der Merwe, DSSA’s Programme Manager for Fashion Design says, “Garment construction is an integral part of the fashion design process and to be well grounded as young designers, our students need to be equipped with the basic techniques of sewing that can be applied to all aspects of production. In addition, it is vitally important for students to get the construction element of their design correct as it is the final phase of their creative process; moving from an abstract idea to a tangible, ­finished product.

“As a stepping stone towards a career in fashion, we offer a fun, exciting and interactive Dressmaking Short Learning Program that covers the full dressmaking process, from the inception stages all the way through to the creation and completion of a garment. It provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of garment construction principles and techniques.”

DSSA’s training in graphic, fashion and interior design delivers respected industry knowledge as well as experience that unleashes students’ individual and creative potential and shapes well-rounded, industry ready designers. The Design School Southern Africa is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). The IIE is the leading registered provide of higher education in South Africa.

For more information visit its website at www.designschoolsa.co.za.