South African model and fashion designer Noni Gasa wants to give a generous R460 000 bursary to an aspiring fashion designer looking to study in 2020

The iconic fashion veteran has seen and done it all when it comes to things modelling and fashion related in South Africa. Noni has adorned the most lucrative magazines, travelled the world, shaped the industry and even served as a resident judge on Project Runway. Now she’s ready to pave the way for one lucky person to forge their own fashion legacy.

Noni announced this week that she’s offering applicants who wish to study at the Design Academy of Fashion in Cape Town the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the first-ever recipients of the Noni Gasa Fashion Bursary.

The winner will not only have their DAF tuition fees covered for the next three years, but they will also have their living expenses paid for by a range of sponsors including Woolworths, which will provide R1 000 of food per month and RAIN, which will provide the winner with unlimited data for the duration of their studies.

Speaking to Sowetan Live Noni explained what kind of candidate she is looking for

She said: “I’m looking for someone who is more than just a designer, in fact, you do not need previous design experience but I’m looking for someone who is inspired by the world.

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“I want someone who is looking to blend art, music, dance, architecture… what informs their passion for fashion and their interest to design. So I’m looking for someone who is well-rounded and both interesting and interested.”

The announcement of the bursary comes at a time when South African fashion and designers are in the spotlight like never before.

Some of our big achievements this year include Thebe Magugu winning the LVMH, and Rich Mnisi who was recognised at the Essence Best In Black Fashion awards.

Noni beamed with pride at the progress that local designers are making when she said: “I think it’s a new dawn for African fashion, we certainly feel that something exciting is happening, you can feel it in the air. Really, there’s a deeply held optimism about where we’re going and our potential to play in the global mainstream.”

Hopeful applicants have until the 31st of October to apply for the Noni Gasa bursary and applications can be made online on the official Design Academy of Fashion website:

Do you know anyone who would be a worthy recipient of this bursary? Make sure they don’t miss the opportunity to apply!