15 April 2021

Opportunity Description

Within the framework of the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Goethe Institut are joining forces on a project combining fashion and sustainable development.

“True fashion, try on green” is a mentoring programme for young designers in South Africa, which aims at rethinking tomorrow’s fashion in the context of the challenges raised by fast fashion, as well as the impact of the textile industry on the climate.

Young designers and accessory designers residing in South Africa are invited to apply for this mentorship programme, during which they will be designing a sustainable outfit or accessory.

Five applications will be selected by a jury of experts from the fashion scene, including designers Lukhanyo Mdingi (South Africa) and Buki Akomolafe (Germany/Nigeria), and founder of CASA 93 fashion school, Nadine Gonzalez (France).

Selected designers will participate in a mentorship programme of three months organised by jury members. Techniques such as upcycling and the use of sustainable materials will be highlighted during the programme.

The five outfits and/or accessories will be presented to the general public in Johannesburg in October 2021. This programme is a unique opportunity for young creators to develop their skills, promote their work and gain visibility by participating in this mentoring programme in contact with three experienced mentors.

How to Apply

List of documents to enclose in the application:

  • A short presentation in the form of a letter (1 page max) or a video (2 min max) explaining your motivation and answering the following questions:
  • How did you become interested in fashion?
  • What is your background? Where did you learn and how?
  • Self-taught profiles are encouraged to apply.
  • What is your interest in sustainability in Fashion?
  • Your CV (2 pages max) to present your skills.
  • A mood board with drawings and an explanation of the sustainable outfit or accessory you would like to create during the programme. All formats will be accepted.
  • Samples of work (sketches, designs of the last 2 – 3 projects).

Selection process
Please, send the application by email with the object “Call for application”, containing all the enclosed documents, to fashion@ifas.org.za