Behind The Look (BTL), is a Fashion Pivot initiative geared towards celebrating African creatives and letting them know they are amazing, hardworking, and creative. The fashion industry in Africa is asserting itself as an autonomous authority comprised of talented creatives across the continent who are audacious, regal, and intellectually provocative in their works , yet remain committed to celebrating heritage and tradition.

Today’s edition celebrates multiple award winning designer , David Tlale.

David Tlale completed his high school in Vosloorus Thuto Lesedi, and went to study introduction to Internal Auditing, then fashion and technology at Vaal University where he graduated in 1998.

From 1999 – 2003 he lectured at Vaal University, specializing in Compute Aicted Design, Creative Design, and Pattern Grading.

In 2003 he won the Elle New Talent at SA Fashion Week and simultaneously launched the brand David Tlale. The exciting heritage of culturally diverse South Africa imbues his design scene with earthy originality in a globally competitive industry.

David Tlale’s color, warmth, and textures of raw materials are seen and felt on International catwalks as African inspiration infuses the major Fashion Houses.

David Tlale draws inspiration from his roots, upbringings, and most of all, learning to survive from the hood. His garments embody beauty, craftsmanship, luxury fabrics, prints developed/designed to evoke and translate the evolution of our African heritage narrating the globalization of African Stories. David Tlale’s collections are designed to tell stories in loud yet sophisticated tones, without pretense and shun harshness for poise, for the older and newer generations of Males and Females.

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