Leading South African fashion designers will be dressing the Miss South Africa finalists as well as 12 former Miss South Africa title holders at the dazzling Miss South Africa Pageant to be held at Sun City on Sunday, March 29.
They are Casper Bosman, Joel Jansen van Vuuren, Lauren du Plessis, Spero Villioti and Thula Sindi.
The show will be broadcast on M-Net (Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (Dstv Channel 161) from 17h30 on the night as 12 of the country’s most beautiful young women vie for the Miss South Africa crown.
Casper Bosman of Casper Designer Wear dressed Rolene Strauss at the Miss World pageant last year. He will be designing the evening gowns for the crowning scene of this year’s Miss South Africa pageant.
Says Bosman – who reveals that the colour palette is white, off-white and nude with splashes of silver and gold: “The collection has a very elegant and sophisticated feel and although it is formal it is still wearable and functional. Each gown has been created with the finalist who will wear it in mind. My biggest aim is to never make gowns that overshadow the wearer’s beauty and personality.”
The outfits from Lauren du Plessis of Avant Apparel have been selected from the designer’s archives to fit in with a vintage theme. The dresses all come from past collections and have been chosen to portray the contestants in the most romantic and feminine way.
Joel Jansen van Vuuren will be designing the silk dresses to go over the swimwear: “There are four designs that will be repeated three times; the dresses represent fluidity and motion, and inspiration has been taken from under the water and water itself. They will all be hand dyed and have front tie closures.”
Thula Sindi will be creating the show’s cocktail dresses: “I was inspired by the timeless nature and the changing role of the Miss South Africa pageant so naturally I gravitated to another classic ‘The Little Black Dress’ and 12 different ways to reinterpret this timeless piece.”
Spero Villioti of Spero Villioti Couture will be dressing 12 former Miss South Africa winners who have mentored this year’s finalists. They are Wilma van der Bijl (1987); Bernelee Daniell (1995); Peggy-Sue Khumalo (1996); Sonia Raciti (1998); Jo-Ann Strauss (2000); Vanessa Carreira (2001); Cindy Nell (2002); Joan Ramagoshi (2003); Nokuthula “Thuli” Sithole (2005); Tatum Keshwar (2008); Nicole Flint (2009) and Bokang Montjane (2010).
Says Villioti: “For these particular women who are at different stages in their lives, it’s a close collaboration of their taste with my design and craftsmanship. The objective is to make a woman feel confident in what she wears. Each outfit is unique and has a Hollywood red carpet look. Meanwhile 12 of my students will be dressing the 2015 finalists. It’s great fun to be part of this wonderful event as a designer who has been in the industry for 27 years but it is also such an opportunity to showcase all the amazing talent that our young South African designers have to offer.”
The Top 12 Miss SA finalists who come from around the country are Busi Mahlangu (Mpumalanga); Chanelle Sardinha (Gauteng); Danelle de Wet (Western Cape); Gugulethu Banda (Gauteng); Kim Wentzel (Gauteng); Liesl Laurie (Gauteng); Nicole Lamberts (Western Cape); Ntsiki Mkhize (Gauteng); Refilwe Mthimunye (Gauteng); Shanè Naidoo (Gauteng); Sihle Makhanya (KZN) and Taryn Morris (Western Cape).
The Miss SA Pageant is presented by Sun International in collaboration with Cell C.