Director at Design Academy of Fashion, Noni Gasa, has been described as an overall fashion icon and has further cemented her legacy with the newly launched bursary in her name, offering one deserving student the opportunity to pursue a three-year diploma in fashion in 2020.
Gasa sat down with Azania Mosaka for this week's Friday profile to share more on the academy that she co-owns, as well as the business of fashion design.
I think designers and graduates are not proactive enough... I would assume that it would come naturally to most people but it doesn't. People feel very discouraged or disheartened. The first couple of NOs that they get and that is what I think separates good people from great people - that persistence, that resilience...— Noni Gasa, Director - Design Academy of Fashion
Right now is a very difficult time to be a young aspiring designer. You are more likely going to be self-employed than working for any one of the major retailers. So that needs a completely different approach to education. Education itself needs to be reassessed and relooked.— Noni Gasa, Director - Design Academy of Fashion
Gasa says the way that people do business has changed, even in the fashion industry. She insists that more needs to be done to access young people and expose them to the realities of what it does mean to work in fashion.
I don't have an emotional attachment to fashion at all. I am a marketer, I am a businesswoman. I have always understood the business of fashion. I work in fashion marketing.— Noni Gasa, Director - Design Academy of Fashion
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