Over the nine years since he launched his brand, South Africa native David Tlale has showcased his inimitable designs at all the premium fashion week platforms and etched his mark as a favorite on the South African and African fashion landscapes.
Renowned for his undeniable knack for showmanship and elaborate designs, Tlale’s work is both daring and dramatic—a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, color and texture.
David Tlale has taken his work around the world, and partnered with a number of influential brands in South Africa. In 2009, we was awarded Fashion Designer of the year at the Arise Africa Fashion Awards, and later made his debut at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week with a collection entitled “Cultural Intimacy.” It was
In early 2011, for the Autumn/Winter Collection at Joburg Fashion Week, David Tlale presented his quintessential “Made In The City” collection in celebration of the 92 years of Nelson Mandela’s life. Tlale sent 92 models down the ramp on what was deemed the longest ramp in the history of South African fashion: the Nelson Mandela Bridge.
Since his catwalk debut in 2003, David Tlale has enjoyed outstanding exposure on both local and international catwalks, but his label goes beyond just fashion design. In 2008, one of his proudest moments included his appointment as an ambassador for the Change-4-Ever campaign, an initiative that aims to alleviate poverty in Southern Africa.
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