Walter Sisulu University Students Launch New Da Gama Fashion Range


Final-year fashion student Leletu Tyete walked away with top honours at this year’s edition of the annual Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Fashion Show held at Chintsa outside East London recently.

For his technical mastery in presenting an aesthetically supreme piece of wearable art, the Walter Sisulu University Buffalo City Campus-based Tyete walked away with multiple prizes after being adjudged to have the ‘Best Overall Range’.

Tyete’s talents saw him walk away with a sewing machine from Johannesburg Sewing Centre, R1 500 voucher from City Stationers, R 1000 cash voucher from the University as well as a prize from Wendy H Bridals.

Honours for the ‘Best Commercially Adaptable Range’ went to Butterworth Campus student Delphic Fono.

Another Butterworth student, Zine Mqethemba, did enough to impress the judges as she scooped first prize for ‘Most Innovative Range’. 

Second-year students also were afforded a chance to flex their muscles when they showcased the brand new Da Gama Textiles ‘Banya Banya’ range - to much fanfare.

The winners in this category were Nwabisa Jijana (3rd), Zandile Danca (2nd), and Onke Ludidi, whose skill best captured the message the new range is trying to communicate.

The trio will be jetting off to Johannesburg next year to participate in the annual Mercedes Benz Fashion Week where they’ll pit their wits with some of the country most talented designers.

A trip to Cape Town also beckons after an invitation was extended to the student to attend the Design Indaba as part of their winnings.

Da Gama Textiles will also be opening its doors to the students for a whole month to learn the intimate details of textile manufacturing.