Meet the Designer
Q & A
Where are you from and how did your upbringing influence your love for fashion?
I’m from Upington. My late mother, Batslepi Kgosierlieng, was an expressionist artist and always encouraged freedom of creative expression. That’s where it all began for me.
What was the first thing you ever made?
I customised a pair of jeans into a cute skirt for a friend of mine and everyone went crazy! I still remember that feeling.
How would you describe your personal style?
Authentic, earthy, free and unpredictable.
What do you do to find inspiration?
A lot of me time, such as walks in the bush. And listening to people’s experiences.
If you could design an item of clothing for anyone, who would it be and what would you make?
It would be for my late mother. I still try and design for her in my dreams. I’d make the cutest coat with tons of embellishment.
Tell us about the one designer you look up to and why?
Locally, Marianne Fassler – the only South African designer who brings such freshness to the fashion scope. Internationally, Vivenne Westwood – a designer with such purpose.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your fashion journey?
Not conforming and, instead, pushing an African revolution through fashion.
What will you bring to this season of Project Runway South Africa?
I’ll create a voice for the “weird ones” with indigenous African truth and flair.
Catch Gift Kgosierileng in action when Project Runway South Africa airs in July 2018 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.