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March 02, 2010

International Design Indaba: Local is lekker

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Fashion design was one aspect of the 2010 Design Indaba. Photo by Deon Gurling

The Cape Town International Convention Centre was abuzz over the weekend as designers from various disciplines including fashion, jewellery design, interiors, photography and graphic design showcased their works at the annual International Design Indaba.

The two-day event, emphasising that local is indeed lekker, attracted thousands of people to its display of amazing designs, ranging from the functional to the eccentric, with established brands like Vespa sharing the limelight with new designers.

Besides the smaller boutiques promoting their clothes, fashionistas also had the opportunity to see some of the country’s top fashion designers, such as Craig Native and Stiaan Louw, and international brands, like Stoned Cherrie, showcase their latest creations.

While established designers strutted their stuff, a future generation of designers were introduced to the industry through children’s workshops at the Artjamming and Nickelodeon booths.

Various global industry figures also presented at the indaba, including US design mogul Martha Stewart, India’s Parish Pandey, Brazilian designer Marcelo Rosenbaum and China’s Han Feng. Not to be outdone, South African industry gurus did the country proud, as cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (aka Zapiro), Handspring Puppet Company and Mokena Makeka all wowed attendees with their insights and productions.

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