LUCT to hold fashion show to rival all shows

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’MAKERESEMESE LETUKA

MASERU — On Saturday, the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) will host a fashion exhibition at the Pioneer Mall in Maseru.  The exhibition, titled “Eternal Design Fashion and Exhibition Show 2023, aims to raise awareness of the fact that fashion and designs are eternal and everlasting.

The purpose of the event is to increase awareness among the general public, retail establishments, small and large businesses, and parents that young creative designers who are prepared to express and share their desires, interests, and future in design innovation, outsourcing their skills, and enhancing their businesses are equipped with the knowledge and skills to contribute to the global economy. ’Makamohelo Liname, the programme director at the university’s faculty of design Innovation, explained that the goal of design innovation is to create ideas that are aesthetically pleasing, technically practicable, and commercially viable.

Liname said by doing this, they were supporting the university’s global vision, which sees a time when young people from all over the world are actively working to better all facets of the socioeconomic situation on the planet.

“Following last year’s ‘Colour Splash Fashion and Exhibition Show’ at the Convention Centre, the team decided it was time to celebrate our 15 years on a higher note,” she said in an interview with Public Eye. “We have had so many graduates from our faculty, and yet we still have an industry that is not quite aware of the skilled students that we have and how they can positively affect the socio-economic status of the country.”

According to Liname, the university’s curriculum, which includes a Bachelor’s Degree in fashion design and retailing, a diploma in fashion design, a diploma in graphic design, and a diploma in creative advertising, would be used to showcase students for the next fashion exhibition. She said they had also contracted with a local modelling agency to provide fashion models, some of whom were university students from various programmes and other universities.

“There will also be awards for the best works based on the judgements of the respective lecturers and some personnel from the industry looking into the criteria of excellence,” Liname said. “The showcasing students are inspired by different conceptions, like different cultures, but all had timeless ideas during their design and execution process.”

Liname further said: “There will also be an international designer who originates from Lesotho, Thabo Makhetha, who specialises in Basotho-inspired designs. He will be watching and commenting live on Facebook during the event with the intention of inspiring as well as being part of his research.”

According to Liname, this would be the first occasion of such a magnitude. She said prior to moving it to the Convention Centre last year, her university used to host it on a smaller scale on the campus.  The university’s faculty of design innovation has been hosting exhibitions of this nature since 2009.

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