Valerie Britz (DAF 2012 graduate) and Nicholas Coutts (current 3rd year) have been selected as finalists in the Elle 2013 Rising Star Competition. We are so proud of them and wish them all the best for the rest of the competition.

Valerie Britz
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Why did you enter the competition?
I’ve never had any doubt that fashion design is what I want to do,
but I was unsure where to start when I graduated. I decided to enter
the competition
because it’s such a great platform for emerging designers, and the perfect way
to kickstart a career in fashion!

how do you feel about getting in to the finals?
The feeling is indescribable! It’s so great to know that the judges
saw potential in
my work, and it’s such an honor to be part of this competition.
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Nicholas Coutts:
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Why did you enter the competition?
I entered the Elle Rising Star competition as I am passionate about what I do and I want people to see what I can accomplish. It is probably the most prestigious competition of it’s kind in South Africa and to be one of the eight finalists is challenging and will push me to work harder towards my goal as a South African Fashion Designer.

how do you feel about getting in to the finals?
I feel excited, motivated and pressured, but in a good way.
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