Couturier Jason Kieck is the latest of several Nelson Mandela Bay fashion designers to raise the metro’s fashion credits, bringing a new range to the ramp in Port Elizabeth in September and Pretoria in October.
Kieck’s Desert Nights collection of 40 designer garments will be unveiled at a charity gala to be held at the Boardwalk Hotel on Saturday September 28.
After this, the designer who has dressed two Miss Worlds and 10 Miss South Africas takes the show to Pretoria and says he is “anxiously excited” about the national platform.
The event also has a new beneficiary for the Pretoria gala, in the shape of the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA), headquartered Port Elizabeth. The Igazi Foundation is the beneficiary for the Bay show.
“The Wilderness Foundation has a holistic approach to its work, helping not only species and spaces but also people,” Kieck said.
“The WFA’s grassroots approach to youth development is inspiring, from taking youth without any positive outlook in life and developing their skills, through the basics of nature and the peace found in the wild. The result is employable young adults who then have a hope and a future.”
Kieck took a team of Bay models for a similar fashion extravaganza to Pretoria in 2018.
Now he returns with a larger production in partnership with the Capital City Business Chamber for its annual prestige gala dinner at the Sun Arena on October 24.
Kieck said the evening gowns modelled on both nights had three themes, reflecting on-trend colours in the fashion world as well