Namibians become Tlale’s apprentices

By Glen-Nora Tjipura

WINDHOEK–TWO young Namibian fashion designers Taati Monde Sibolile and Deon Angelo Mathias have been chosen to be among the seven African fashion design aspirants to be admitted to David Tlale’s internship programme.

Tlale made the announcement during the Windhoek Fashion Week.

In 2013, the renowned South African fashion designer launched the programme to impart skills to talented designers in Africa through a one-year in-house internship programme – The Intern.

The programme has been active in South Africa for four years now, and this is the first time a Namibian is taking part.

Tlale, whose designs have been showcased on the world’s top runways for the past 15 years, said The Intern is a good learning curve for upcoming fashion designers.

“They will learn how to build a brand and get exposed to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Johannesburg and Cape Town and other big platforms on the continent,” he told The Southern Times.

An ecstatic Sibolile, who showcased her work at the recent Windhoek Fashion Week, still cannot believe her luck.

“With David’s guidance, it will be easier to work my way up. It’s going to be whole lot of learning,” she said.