Thohoyandou Fashion Week was founded by Akonaho Carrie Netshifhire in April 2016 together with Kone Makhadi both from the Limpopo Province. The two models are now residing in Johannesburg for educational purposes.
“Our dream is to introduce local newcomers to network with some of the designers who are well established nationally and internationally, and to expand the market to the Northern Region of South Africa”.
The purpose of Thohoyandou Fashion Week is to promote young fashion designers, young and upcoming models in Vhembe District and surrounding areas. Thohoyandou has lot of talented fashion designers who would make it big in the fashion industry only if they get the platform to showcase their designs. Thohoyandou Fashion Week is one of the platforms that Vhembe models and fashion designers can use to get recognition and launch their careers.
Thohoyandou Fashion Week will allow about 30 models to showcase their talent during the Thohoyandou Fashion Week together with 15 designers will display, promote and showcase their garments too.
Designers: About 15 designers will participate in the show. We expect 7 male and 8 female designers.
Models: Models have been invited to apply and already screened on 30 September, 2016 and 60 models will be selected and granted the opportunity to showcase their talents and the 15 designers will use the services of these models.
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
Carrie Netshifhire (founder): A young woman driven by passion. She has achieved title such as Miss Africa Thulamela (2nd princess) and international arts talent showcase alumni 2016. From Tshikunda Village in Limpopo.
Kone Makhadi (Co-founder): A young lady from Maniini, Thohoyandou-Limpopo. Began her modelling career in December 2014 and has been doing photography modelling since then. She was part of MSA Model Agency since November 2015 to November 2016.
Ethel Maimela (Models manager): A hardworking young woman from ha-Muraga in Limpopo within Thulamela Municipality. Her hard work can be seen through her organisation Eoania, which aims to give back to the community through youth empowerment. Ethel Maimela is also a finalist for Miss Common Wealth South Africa 2016.