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NMMU Second-year Fashion, Textile design and Graphic design students stand a chance of winning thousands of rands towards their study accounts, as well as mix with the rich and famous at the World Sports Betting East Cape Derby race at Fairview Racecourse in Nelson Mandela Bay, on Saturday, 13 May 2017.

It is the first time that the value of the six prizes for this project is being converted into much needed funds, supplementing student accounts to contribute towards furthering their studies. It is also the first time that both the Fashion and Textile Design and Graphic Design students are working together on this project, says Fashion and Textile Programme leader Harm Grobbelaar.

Fashion and textile as well as graphic design students are eligible for a first, second and third prize of R10 000, R3 500 and R1 500, respectively. Fairview Racecourse is sponsoring the Fashion and Textile Design prizes, while Mastertons are backing the Graphic Design prizes.

Each of the 12 Fashion and Textile Design students had to choose a Mastertons’ coffee blend, bearing in mind the overall theme “Out of Africa”, which would donate R5 for each packet sold to the Rhino Conservation Trust.

Students then had to design outfits based on their own choice of blend, which had to include some of the various elements of coffee. Accessories are to include coffee beans, hessian bags in which the raw coffee beans are shipped, as well as the packaging.

These outfits will be modelled at the Fairview Racecourse by models chosen from the Model Hunt 2015/2016 – a Fashion and Textile Department, University Community project which is held on an annual basis.

The students also have to choose a pair of CAT shoes to complement their design and each winner will receive a voucher for a pair of CAT boots. The judging panel includes Times Media Group’s Gillian McAinsh (HeraldLIVE), NMMU Visual Arts Postgraduate Studies head Bruce Cadle and SA designer and CAT brand ambassador Paledi Segapo.

The 16 Graphic Design students had to design T-shirts based on Mastertons’ “Out of Africa for the 21st Century” theme and each student will wear their own design T-shirt to the event, says programme leader Inge Economou.

The students’ T-shirt designs, which include concepts of South African heritage, diversity and passion for coffee, are aimed at the diverse South African youth market. The winning designs will be on sale through Mastertons in future and all Fashion, Textile and Graphic design students will also receive a Mastertons goodie bag.

FLOWERS AT THE RACES … Model Ofentse Boloko (left), Fashion and Textile Design student Thulisa Jawa and model Rethabile Monyane at last year’s East Cape Derby race event.


Contact information
Mr Harm Grobbelaar
Lecturer & Programme Leader Fashion & Textiles
Tel: 27 41 5043718