STADIO School of FashionThe winners of the Comic Con Africa Sew-A-Thon competition, which took place on Saturday, 11th June 2022 at the Randburg Campus in Johannesburg
Grand prize winner MaouRay van Rooyen (second place) and Cheyenne du Preez (third place) each walked away with a range of prizes that included cash after they were impressed by the ready-to-wear creations.
They were asked to create a superhero costume in just eight hours. Their efforts were seen by nearly 2000 viewers via a live YouTube broadcast.
Each participant was also invited at the event to display their costumes Comic ConEvent to be held in the future.
“I didn’t expect to win and so was so surprised when my name was called out. My design was inspired from Miraculous Ladybug’s Cat Noir. I wanted to make a catboy, but with a simple design that was easy to execute.
“The whole idea of the competition is to centre your hero around what Comic Con means to you, so I chose to use blue to symbolise my calm and professional manner, and red because this embodies how I am with cosplay – louder and unafraid of being judged,”Maou.
The judging panel included STADIO School of Fashion’s Academic Supervisor Patrick Brill and Discipline Leader Terese Potgieter.
“It was great to see how the contestants were dedicated and hungry to win the challenge. This shows that our future designers need more opportunities like this to show their talents and succeed in the industry.
“As a judge, I wanted to see a cohesive and innovative approach characterising the cosplay persona of Comic-Con Africa in the designs and the contestants’ efforts exceeded my expectations. Congratulations to the winners”Comments Brill.
The Sew-a-Thon was also used by STADIO School of Fashion to announce Cara Potgieter as their first prize winner of the Superhero Design Bursary competition. Potgieter, a Grade-12 student and aspiring fashion designer will receive a 50% bursary towards tuition fees at the school. She had to submit the best superhero costume design.
“I am thrilled to have won this competition. STADIO has one of the best fashion schools in the country so getting a bursary from such a prestigious institution is simply humbling. It means I am one step closer to achieving my dream of being a fashion designer and I cannot wait to enrol and get started,” says Potgieter.
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