Our mission

We aim to re-establish the fashion industry, create employment opportunities and position Durban as an international fashion capital.


The eThekwini Municipality will continue to take pride in the ability to attract,
recruit and develop world class talent.


The programme demonstrates the municipality’s commitment to developing in reviving the fashion industry and introducing the element of business to fashion.

DFF Objectives

  • Develop and bridge the gap between young and established designers.

  • Create an enabling environment and provide platforms for designers to showcase their product.

  • Capacitate the textile and fashion industry .

  • Position Durban as the fashion developmental capital 

  • Create employment opportunities and contribute toward the City’s economic growth.

  • Promote Durban’s emerging and established designers.

  • Position Durban Fashion Fair amongst the worlds best fashion shows whilst maintaining local fashion flair.


7 - International Designers
11 - Established Designers
35 - Emerging Designers
20 - Fashion Shows
25 Pop Up Shops
2900 Visitors to DFF 2015


  • Thank you to the DFF team for the hospitality throughout my Durban Fashion Fair trip, I really appreciated the all access as it allowed me to meet designers I needed to meet with ease.

    I am super excited with the `new gems’ Durban designers that I met I truly believe that they will complement our current designers on Spree. We are interested in doing business with 5 emerging designers.

    Thank you again and looking forward to next year.


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Mayor James Nxumalo2Durban Fashion Fair, has grown to become the leading fashion show in the Province and South Africa. It now attracts the stature of internationally recognised fashion weeks. Over 2500 people attended Durban Fashion Fair 2014.

I would like to congratulate 10 young designers that were selected to attend the Milan Internship Program. Their commitment, hard work and dedication to become the best designers will be definitely make the city of Durban a success.

I would like to thank our sponsors, partners, all local, national and invited international designers, models, media, buyers and all those who have participated in, attended and worked on Durban Fashion Fair 2014, we appreciate your passion and enthusiasm.

We thank you for your support

His Worship, Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo

International Designers

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Established Designers

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Emerging Designers

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Internship Designers

DFF Program Features

DFF Emporium

The DFF Emporium is an eThekwini initiative with the goal of providing local designers with an opportunity to sell their creations. 

Support local designers and visit the DFF Emporium Shop S 150A Umlazi Mega City, (50 Griffiths Mxenge Highway, Umlazi). 


DFF 2018

Watch this space for 2018 dates

Notice Board

The storyboards are in!

The panel of judges recently received the fashion storyboards from hundreds of designer hopefuls wishing to be part of the annual Durban Fashion Fair (DFF) 2018 Mentorship programme commencing in February.

Each year, hundreds try out but only 25 can be selected into the programme, after the judges have conducted interviews with the hopefuls and discussed the inspiration behind the storyboards they have submitted.

The judges mutually agreed that it will be a difficult task to narrow down the field as the standard and creativity behind these young designers gets more exciting as each year passes. With the correct selection of the participating young designers, the Durban Fashion Fair itself is anticipated to be bigger and better.

To find out more about who will be selected – go to www.facebook.com/DurbanFashionFair


Why Partner with DFF?

4 years on the market

Durban Fashion Fair is one of the leading Fashion Events in Africa is held in August 2015 at Suncoast and has attracted international recognised fashion gurus to explore businesses and investment opportunities in the City.

With such tremendous change and the interest shown in this sector, eThekwini Municipality developed a Fashion Fair Programme to untie the capability of the young local designers who has a potential to compete on the world stage.