David Tlale shares industry tips, advice and words of encouragement with VUT Fashion students
South Africa’s leader in style and fashion, David Tlale, visited the VUT Fashion students on 18 May for an empowering motivational talk. He also offered them an opportunity to participate in his upcoming reality show called “The intern by David Tlale” which will broadcast on SABC 3 from 4 July.
David Tlale who was once a student and later became a lecturer at VUT said the purpose of his show is to search for a young and talented fashion designer, who he’ll groom into becoming the next African fashion design star. The winner will get a 1 year contract to work with David Tlale as an assistant and R250 000 worth of equipment towards establishing their own studio.
David Tlale said he came to VUT with his proposal because it’s always good to start at home. As a brand, it’s been 15 years since he left VUT, he has achieved a lot and acquired lot of experience which he wants to share with future fashion designers.
During his talk, David mentioned that he’d like to see more VUT students make a success of themselves in the industry. Emphasising on the fact that they need to work even harder and place VUT on the map, as an alumni he wants to see more VUT alumni making their mark in the industry. He said VUT fashion students are game changers, he further urged them to have passion and show it in their work, and they shouldn’t just be better but excellent at what they do.
“In the fashion industry, as a designer you don’t work for yourself. Each and every client you get is your boss, and as a student you should start learning how to apply every method and technique that is given to you by your lectures. Use this knowledge to your own advantage,” he said.
He concluded by saying, “live a legacy, build a brand that can be a force to be recognised within South Africa with products that are made in South Africa in order to take up the challenge.”
For more information to take part in David’s reality show, visit www.THEINTERN.co.za