The world's favorite fashion design TV show, Project Runway, has landed on South African television and viewers have given it thumbs up.
The first season of Project Runway SA premiered this week on Mzansi Magic. While most of the response was positive when the show was first announced, fans couldn’t wait to see if the show would offer a fresh perspective on South African fashion or if it would be a failed attempt to mimic the American original.
It seems that Project Runway South Africa immediately got the stamp of approval from tweeps when the first episode aired on Tuesday night.
Project Runway is a premier fashion competition which focuses on making clothes and real stars from real fashion talent. 12 passionate, aspiring fashion designers will live together for a 6 week period. They will compete in weekly challenges that stretch their creativity, resilience, design and practical skills. The contestants will be judged by a panel of top fashion personalities who will decide who stays in the competition and who is out until only three remain. The three finalists will create their own collection for a prestigious fashion event, but only one fashion designer will make the cut and take the prize to showcase at Paris Fashion Week 2019.
Briefly.co.za learned that as Project Runway SA’s host, Lerato Kganyago will be leading South African audiences through the adventures, dramas and stories as they unfold onscreen. She’s the one who will be heading Noni Gasa and Rahim Rawjee as the panel of expert judges, eliminating contestants at the end of each episode and nurturing their talent alongside Project Runway SA’s mentor Gert-Johan Coetzee.
In an interview with IOL, Lerato said, “It feels as though it’s the perfect time for me to percolate my previous experience and expertise into a brand-new vehicle. I’m looking forward to instilling that knowledge in the contestants as they embark on this exciting journey and to being part of the trailblazing production that’s giving emerging design talent the time to shine. There is something gratifying about helping uncover the new fashion stars of tomorrow, and giving them the platform to show South Africa what they’re made of!”
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