Meet the Designer
Q & A
What was your first job out of school and how did you land it?
I had an internship at Mohair South Africa. I was recommended and I applied.
Tell us about your journey in fashion so far?
I graduated with honours in fashion, cum laude, this year. I started my internship at Mohair South Africa last December and got promoted as in-house designer in two months.
What’s your creative process?
My first step is to conceptualise, find a story and imagine the wearer, then I build a story around them, sketch, make patterns and start construction.
What excites you the most about South African fashion?
The growth, possibilities, our story, diversity, colours and resources. Our narrative is like no other.
Who is your ultimate style icon?
What are you hoping to get out of the Project Runway experience?
Opportunities, a platform to build and establish my brand and to learn and grow as a creative.
How do you find inspiration?
My surroundings always inspire me, but mostly I am inspired by strong women.
When did you realise that you wanted to become a fashion designer?
I used to sketch garments and make my dolls’ clothes. From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by clothing and its ability to affect the way you feel and the way people see you.
Catch Gugu Peteni in action when Project Runway South Africa airs in July 2018 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.