Celebrity fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee plans to grow the South African fashion industry through the Gert-Johan Coetzee bursary programme.
Applications are now open for the 2017 Gert Johan Coetzee Fashion Design Bursary and the new GJC Fashion Communications and Buying Bursary at the Northwest School of design
It’s the first time he is adding a Fashion Communications bursary, explaining that it will accommodate students who want to learn the business side of the fashion industry. It is this additional bursary that the Luminance Social Responsibility Grant will fund.
This three-year qualification teaches the business end of fashion – from fashion journalism, marketing and trend forecasting, to buying, event management and online retail aspects,” explains the designer. Both bursaries include mentorship by Coetzee, and the opportunity to intern at his atelier to learn the business from the inside out. The beneficiary of the Luminance Social Responsibility Grant will have a similar opportunity to intern at Luminance.
The three students will receive sewing machines and all their tuition fees and study materials will be covered for the three years of their course.