Witness Reporter
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5 Jul 2022

DUT student bags Durban July young designer award

Witness Reporter

Durban University of Technology student wins 2022 Durban July young designer award.

Ismael Mchunu and model Nomfundo who won the 2022 Durban July young designer award.

Durban University of Technology (DUT) second-year Fashion and Textiles student, Ismael Mchunu, has put the university on the map by winning the most sought-after fashion title at the 2022 Hollywoodbets Durban July.

The Fashion guru scooped the 2022 Hollywood bets Durban July Young Designer Award, which was presented by Durban Fashion Fair, at Greyville Racecourse, on Saturday.

According to statement released by senior director of corporate affairs at DUT Alan Khan, Mchunu (25), clinched the award beating nine other fashionista hopefuls with his winning design, showcasing the 2022 theme of ‘Show Me the Honey’.

“Besides Mchunu, DUT Fashion and Textiles student Sinqobile Nzama also stitched her way to the Top 10 in the esteemed competition,” read the statement.

Mchunu said that he was thankful to his DUT lecturers and the Hollywoodbets Durban July for giving DUT Fashion students an opportunity to showcase their talent. He added that he would love to work with Hollywoodbets going forward.

Ismael and Nomfundo, who won the young designer awards at the Durban July.
Ismael Mchunu, winner of the 2022 Durban July young designer award.

Meanwhile, Nzama also made DUT proud. According to the statement, she spoke at the competition on race day, saying that it was such an awesome feeling to have people watch her victory as one of the top ten finalists.

The university added that Professor Runette Kruger, Executive Dean Faculty of Arts and Design at DUT said that the Faculty was immensely proud of Ismael Mchunu for winning the Young Designer award at the Durban July and of Sinqobile Nzama, who featured as a top ten finalist.

“The Fashion students are supported and mentored by a very dedicated team of lecturers, and the talent in the department is next level. I cannot wait to see how Ismael and Sinqobile grow in their careers,” said Kruger.

The university added that Mchunu received R50 000 in bursary support from the Hollywood Foundation, a trip to the prestigious SA Fashion Week in October, R10 000 in cash compliments of Gold Circle and Schweppes and a R5 000 gift card courtesy of Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

In addition, DUT, as the winning fashion institution, received a R30 000 grant from Gold Circle, to be used to support the programmes and for the development of the design students.