Aphelele Chonco

Fashion Designer ❖ Entrepreneur ❖ Blogger

Experience

2014 - Present

UP_PHELELE (Pty) Ltd

CEO & Fashion Designer

2015

Bianca Warren Designs

Intern

2015

Evolve360.co.za

(Online Magazine) Content Contributer/Writer

2015

Verisimilitude.co.za

(Online Magazine) Content Contributer/Writer

2016-Present

insideWomen Blog

Founding Blogger & Producer

About Me

I am a Durban based fashion designer, entrepreneur and blogger, which are all three of my passions.

I was born and bred in Esikhawini (north of KZN). My love for art and design has always been my highest priority and I am currently embarking in a journey to turn all of my passions into profitable and sustainable business ventures.

Education

2016

B-Tech: Fashion Design

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

2015

NDip: Fashion & Textiles

DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

2011

NSC: Matric

NATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Skills

Photoshop 90%
Illustrator 85%
WordPress 70%
Pattern Making 85%
Sewing 95%

Contact

Full Colours Festival Of Fame Fashibition (2011)

Full Colours Art Exhibition (2010 & 2011)

Full Colours in RCL Leadership (2011)

Head of Hostel Accolade – Engraved on NSA Plate of Achievers (2011)

Recognition for Leadership in initiating, Planning, Organising, implimenting and Participating in Annual Fashion Shows (2008 – 2011)

Matriculated with a distinction in isiZulu FAL and Three Dimensional Design (2011)

 

Project Runway: DUT Edition – Second Place (2012)

DUT Graduation Gown Competition – First Place (2013)

DUT Writing Center Competition – Top 10 (2015)

Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award – Top 25 (2015)

Showcased first fashion range ‘I Am Performer’ at the annual DUT Fashion Show, which made the Top 10 designers on show (2015)

Graduated with a National Diploma in Fashion and Textiles (2015)

First Year Pattern Making and Garment Construction tutor (2016)

Showcased the ‘I Am Performer’ range at the National School of Arts’ annual Festival of Fame (2016)

Hired as a graphic design intern for AFI Fashion Week (which was held at the Nelson Mandela Square) (2016)

Showcased second fashion collection ‘Multifaceted’ at the annual University of Johannesburg’s Fashion Show (2016)

Graduated with a Tech Degree in Fashion Design (2016)

 

Top 10 designers for the Made In Africa fashion competition, which aired on BET Africa, channel 129 on DSTV (2018)

Completed the Durban Fashion Fair’s Mentorship Programme, brought by the Ethekwini Municipality (2018)

Showcased at the 2018 edition of the annual Durban Fashion Fair, which was hosted by th Durban ICC

 

 

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