Philip SitholeDurban Fashion Fair continues to bring together internationally recognised, established and emerging designers, models, media, bloggers and industry leaders to discuss the business of fashion and its unique opportunity to build a sustainable fashion and textile industry in our City and ultimately South Africa.

We welcome over 40 South African and international designers, models and new faces to the Durban Fashion Fair extravaganza. A warm welcome goes to our 20 new faces cast around the City of Durban who will walk the runway for the first time.

The fashion and textile sector is one of the thriving industries in our country and remains central to job creation, youth employment, as well as creating various economic trade and investment opportunities. It is not just an important economic contributor to South Africa’s prosperity however, it is a highly accessible art form that contributes to our cultural well-being as well as our economic lives.There is a real opportunity for the private sector to get behind this dynamic sector and to help drive it forward. Not only does it help to spur an important sector of the economy but it can also boost Durban’s brand as a whole.


Phillip Sithole

Head: Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit