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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Online Fashion Show to raise awareness of Covid-19

SENSITIVITY: The models in the 2018 memorable fashion show which created environmental awareness, by combining entertainment and fashion. SENSITIVITY: The models in the 2018 memorable fashion show which created environmental awareness, by combining entertainment and fashion.

Students will be able to show off their creative skills by designing and creating garments for an online fashion show.

The national lockdown has prompted The Department of Student Affairs (Student Development and Student Housing) to launch the Green Campus Initiative (GCI) Online Fashion Show. Together with the GCI Green Ambassadors (student volunteers), the department is calling on students to participate as designers. The designers are required to design (and create) one garment, and a mask in an effort to raise awareness of Covid-19.  T

An adjudicators panel is scheduled to announce the winners on 17 June.

Student Development Officer, Melani-Ann Hara said the aim of the event was to provide the students with: “A unique and memorable experience which creates environmental awareness, by combining entertainment, fashion and environmental awareness”.

Hara said it’s an opportunity to provide a platform for all registered students across all faculties interested in design to showcase their skill and passion by entering and designing garments made out of recyclable and upcycled materials. “[We] promote the Green Campus Initiative and [want] to get more students involved with the activities and to become more environmentally conscious.”

The department aims to reach between more than 500 students through the various online platforms. GCI 2020 chairperson, Sisipho Mphemba said a designer can model his or her design or may choose any person who is older than 18 years at home to model the design.

“The person [model] may or may not be the registered student of CPUT as long as you are within lockdown restrictions.”

The designers’ applications are open until 24 May 2020.  The deadline for submission of designers’ garment photos and videos is 5 June 2020.

The designers’ products will be uploaded on Student Affairs’ Facebook page for voting from 8 June to 24 June at midnight. The top three winners which will be announced on 17 June will be awarded prizes as follows:

  • First place: R 2 500
  • Second place: R 1 500
  • Third place: R 1 000

Please use the following link to apply:   

For more information contact: Melani-Ann Hara:

Written by Aphiwe Boyce


Provides coverage for the Engineering and the Built Environment and Applied Sciences Faculties.