The Dantelee Fashion Creations duo of Tsaone Ditselenyane and Virginia Kganetso won the Zero Waste Fashion Show at Phakalane Golf Estate on Thursday night. They walked away with a cash prize of P10 000. Dantelee managed to beat other designers in quite a very stiff and competitive show. The over excited duo had not believed they would win looking at how creative most of the pieces done by other designers were. Their winning touch came from the wear-ability of their designs. The fashion show was coordinated by Mothusi Lesolle of Izaura. He was happy to have come up with finalists they had, proving that there is more that can be done with waste materials.
The judges for the show were Aobakwe Molosiwa of Gilded Sands, Kaone Moremong of House of Kay and Lesedi Matlapeng of Kefseddy Designs. Most of the outfits that the models wore were made of waste materials like CDs, newspapers, orange bags and disposable cups. Molosiwa said when judging they were looking at creativity, unconventional way, out of the box thinking, construction, workmanship in regard to how many processes went into designing and how it was put together and the quality. “Before the show started we went backstage because we wanted to see everything as we turned the designs upside down in order to see how neat they are,” he said.
He said they were also looking at practicality and wear-ability in regard to how it looks when someone is walking and whether they are able to be comfortable in it. One of the organisers of the Zero Waste Symposium Lone Setswalo said it is important for everyone to understand that what they do now affects tomorrow. “You have proved that you accept the urgency of going greener, and it is up to us to make sure that we change waste into wealth,” she said. Setswalo said that there are so many opportunities in the waste business for everyone out there, and it is up to everybody to make sure that they aim at becoming like Sweden which only takes 1% of their waste to landfills. She said there are challenges but this is an exciting time for the waste business.