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Inaugural Fashion Industry Awards South Africa winners revealed

The Fashion Forum Group announced the winners of its inaugural Fashion Industry Awards South Africa, presented in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, during a ceremony held at Sanctuary Mandela in Johannesburg on 25 March.
Thebe Magugu, Fashion Designer of the Year 2021. Source:
Thebe Magugu, Fashion Designer of the Year 2021. Source: Fashion Industry Awards SA via Instagram

The awards were developed to acknowledge and celebrate creative and business excellence that has positively impacted the local fashion landscape.

Among the big winners of the Fashion Industry Awards South Africa 2021 were designer Jo Borkett, scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award; Thebe Magugu, winning Fashion Designer of the Year; Craig Jacobs, who walked off with Fashion Innovation of the Year; and The Space, which won Retail Space of the Year.

View the full list of winners below.

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Jo Borkett

Fashion Designer of the Year:

Thebe Magugu

Emerging Talent of the Year:


Fashion Innovation of the Year:

Craig Jacobs

Womenswear Brand of the Year:

Palesa Mokubang for Manthso

Menswear Brand of the Year:

Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman

Childrenswear Designer of the Year:

Lullaby Rock

Accessory Designer of the Year:


Textile Designer of the Year:

Maxhosa Africa

Heritage/Cultural Designer of the Year:

Bongiwe Walaza

African Fashion Brand of the Year based in SA:

Anissa Mpungwe Atelier

Retail Space of the Year:

The Space

Fashion Muse of the Year:

Yaya Mavundla

Cut, Make & Trim (CMT) of the Year:

Cloth Collective

Patternmaker of the Year:

Laughing Lizard Pattern Creations

Seamstress of the Year:

Bernadette Darisane

Fashion Journalist of the Year:

Emmanuel Tjiya

Fashion Stylist of the Year:

Chloe Andrea Welgemoed

View the awards ceremony here:

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