Durban Fashion Fair Program

DFF Recognition Awards

DFF will host Fashion Recognition Awards with Basetsana Kumalo and Somizi Mhlongo, awarding top achievers and honouring the longevity and ongoing contribution by our legends and business leaders. The awards will be on Friday, 03 September 2016 at ICC Arena at 18h30. For more information contact Pearl on or on 031 3226203.

Pop Up Shops

Be fashionable and visit DFF Pop Up Shops during the fashion fair weekend. Designers from across the continent will be showcasing and selling their products. The pop up shops will be open during the course of the fashion weekend. For more information please contact Pearl on or on 031 3226203.

Fashion Show

The fashion shows will feature over 40 designers including 6 from Africa and big names within the South African Fashion Industry. 16 shows will take place from Wednesday, 31 August 2016 to the Saturday, 03 September at Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets were available on Computicket. For more information contact Pearl on or on 031 3226203.

Industry Workshops

Durban Fashion Fair Networking Session themed Fashion Beyond Threads facilitated by Jeremy Maggs will cover industry topics such as Passion for Fashion to Sustainable Business: Branding and Personal Branding within the fashion environment. Workshops are free. For more information contact Nondumiso on or 031 311 4578.

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  • Neliswa Jili

    “The trip to Italy has helped my career. I have developed a clearer understanding of what I want my brand to be and who it is aimed at.”

  • Khanyisile Malimela

    “When in Milan, I fell in love with fashion all over again. My love for simple aesthetics was reinforced which made me more confident in what I’m trying to achieve.”

  • Thulisiwe Zakwe

    It feels good to be a part of the DFF this year and I have learnt many skills from the workshops,” she said. “What I found most beneficial were the workshops on finishing a garment.

  • Caitlin Shoesmith

    “The whole Milan experience was truly amazing and so inspiring, and of course it has inspired my current a/w 2017 collection. But over and above that, it has inspired my entire work ethic and creativity.”

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