Growing the fashion business

Pictured at the back, from left, are Eastridge Borne Reality dance crew members Leigh Rae van der Meulen, Skye’s Wooden Spoon Feeding scheme co-founder Zita Petersen, Erin Fortune, comedian Marc Lottering, Lenise Palm, scheme co-founder Radiant Sasman. In front are Skyler Petersen, Laylaa Abrahams and Joshua Sasman.

Mitchell’s Plain dancers, musicians, models and performers were encouraged to live their dream during a fashion show held at Rocklands civic centre on Saturday February 11.

Entertainer Marc Lottering, motivational speaker at the show titled “Through the Looking Glass”, told those present to remember their worth.

“Travelling on your road of following your dream is actually a lonely road. Everyone has their problems.

“You have to stay conscientious. Stay surrounded by the right people, like-minded people,” he said.

Mr Lottering said there would be naysayers.

“People will look at you and say ‘ma wie dink jy is jy?’

“The answer to that my friend is: Ek dink ek is kwaai.

“I think that I am God’s great creation and that I am destined for great things,” he said.

Singer Laurika Roberts, from Woodlands.

Fashion entrepreneurs Taryn Mentor, from Wildwood, and Elana Pekeur, from Colorado Park, co-founders of non-profit company Petor Creatives Youth Development (PCYD), hosted the second fashion show and market to showcase local talent.

Non-profit company Petor Creatives Youth Development (PCYD) co-founders Elana Pekeur, from Colorado Park, and Taryn Mentor, from Wildwood, with comedian Marc Lottering.

They established training and mentoring for youth in the fashion industry via WhatsApp-offered free online lessons during the national Covid-19 lockdown, and hosted beginner practical clothing pattern construction workshops at Rocklands public library last month.

The classes are every Thursday for three weeks.

PCYD was tarted in 2021 to target and assist the youth and unemployed to learn trade skills in sewing, pattern-making and manufacturing (“Weaving fashion industry networks”, Plainsman August 22).

Their first fashion show “The Natural Glow”, included local vendors – food, clothing, jewellery and accessories – in August last year and was aimed at introducing the company, its free programmes and to raise funds to assist with practical classes because they needed sewing equipment and other practical equipment for patterns.

The weekend’s event was to launch the free sewing classes for unemployed youth as part of their job creation focus.

On Saturday they also had talent scouts looking for models, actors and authors.

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Caroline Charles and her nieces Ruth Beukes, 14, and Abigail Beukes, 16.