Jo’burg Fashion Week 2011 saw the commencement of the African Fashion International young designer search. AFI Fastrack is a national fashion design development platform that aims to nurture and develop South Africa’s young design talent. This platform offers young designers an opportunity to launch their careers through intensive mentorship, business development and coaching for future success.
African Fashion International continues to promote excellence throughout the fashion industry of South Africa and the African continent by giving young designers a head start in the industry. Based on the success of inaugural event, Fastrack continues as a fitting opening for the shows at Jo’burg Fashion Week 2012.
Submissions for AFI Fastrack were drawn from 2011 graduate ranges of participating design colleges around the country. These submissions undergo three stringent processes where twelve finalists were finally selected. They will present their collection at the finale on Fastrack day to an independent panel of judges who will then select the final three winners.
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