Fashion rules at Miss SA

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - Local designer Anel Botha Couture’s designs will again be seen on the catwalk at this year’s Miss SA pageant.

While Thato Mosehle will represent Klerksdorp on stage as a finalist, the city is also represented on the fashion front. Anel is one of the fashion designers chosen to dress the Top 10 finalists at this year’s Miss South Africa pageant. Five designers each get to dress two Miss South Africa finalists in glamorous finale evening gowns. Anel will dress Jordan van der Vyver and Lebogang Mahlangu. Juan Visser of Juan William Aria will be dressing Thato.

Speaking to Anel she said her two finalists were her inspiration: “Jordan and Lebo have shining personalities, strength as people and inner and outer beauty. We have also researched the current trends in fashion to create these gowns which are a celebration of the female form. The right design on stage will give them the confidence to achieve their goals.”

Kwa-Zulu Natal is represented in the opening sequence at the pageant by House of Fabrosanz, founded by Durban born Sandi Mazibuko. The Top 10 Miss South Africa finalists will be dressed in the atelier’s ready-to-wear Nguni print collection. Cape Town’s Lena Lisa was approached to design the evening gowns for all the Top 10 finalists which will be shown towards the beginning of the live show. This year’s dazzling apparel in the swimwear sequence has been created thanks to a collaboration between two fashion houses - Johannesburg’s Imprint ZA (the outerwear) and Cape Town’s TracyB Swimwear (the costumes).

Johannesburg’s Juan Visser has dressed a number of former Miss South Africa winners including Zozibini Tunzi, Demi-Leigh Tebow (neé Nel-Peters) and Tamaryn Green. Anele Mdoda wore one of his creations at the Oscars.

“And this year at Miss South Africa I get to dress both the doctors! Both these ladies are charismatic, caring, giving and share a passion for medicine. If I had to choose the one thing that I love the most about each of them, it is Thato’s ability to light up a room while Karishma has the biggest heart. For the finale, both my designs are sleek and sexy but yet sophisticated. I took inspiration from the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned at The Table Bay Hotel on 24 October from 17:00. The event will be screened live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, and will be streamed live for an international audience.