Aspiring designers face off in the “Intern by David Tlale” reality show With David Tlale

The Intern by David Tlale is a 13-episode reality TV show shot in Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg which follows 12 contestants on their journey to becoming David Tlale’s next intern. The first episode of the Intern by David Tlale will air on the 4th of July 2017 on SABC 3.

The Intern by David Tlale is a new reality show about the South African fashion industry that is committed to the development and support of the country’s budding talent and this platform gives them an opportunity to hone their skills and puts South Arica on the fashion landscape. It gives the youth an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with celebrated designers, stylists, photographers, models and learning the ropes of the real world of fashion.

I have great respect for every contestant who took part in this first season because they all come from different backgrounds and some with no specialist fashion training and so I know it has been challenging for them, especially to do this in front of the camera”, says Tlale.

Throughout the show the audience gets to witness 12 shortlisted contestants from across South Africa via online applications as they battle it out for the chance to win a full year mentorship with world renowned designer David Tlale. On each episode, contestants are given a fashion design project and are judged on their work. One or two participants are then eliminated each week.

The mentorship includes specialised training and development by industry experts, exposure to all facets of the David Tlale brand and business including: design, fabric sourcing, range development and production, quality control, marketing and retail, media training, basic business management skills.

The grand finale will be aired live from Nelson Mandela bridge in October 2017 where one or two winners will be announced.

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