A bright future
LISOF has the reputation of being the most progressive fashion design school and retail higher education institution in Africa.
Our alumni populate fashion and retail environments throughout the world and our qualifications in fashion are well sought after in the industry.
Students can choose between a bachelor of arts in fashion or a bachelor of commerce, diploma & higher certificate in fashion that are unrivalled in their scope and practical application.
Winter school at LISOF incorporates key knowledge areas in a short course to develop individuals. Each course will be a duration of one week. Our winter school is targeted at all individuals interested in fashion that are in any stage of their lives.
Simulate these careers in a 2 day workshop with hands on experience, at R50 a day (2 days):
- Buyer / Planner / Merchandiser
- Branding & Retail
- Digital Media
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LISOF has consistently delivered top class graduates over the years to the South African Fashion Industry. Umzingeli Productions has had several interns from LISOF under its wing of which I am very proud of.
LISOF is super, forward thinking and creative. It develops creativity and consistently nurture and produce amazing new talent that’s unparalleled in the country.
We were so impressed with the display of talent, passion and overall academic excellence of the students we engaged with. We are delighted to be partnering with an institution that mirrors our vigour an absolute enthusiasm in changing the face of fashion retail South Africa.
Lisof’s commitment to the South African fashion industry clearly shows in the quality of their students design ability and work ethic.
It has been my privilege to host a number of LISOF students in my label and I always found them to have such a great energy and a superior awareness of what it takes to make it in this crazy business… LISOF rocks!
Lisof provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the fashion industry with confidence knowing that I had the best education and preparation to make a valuable contribution in my chosen field.
- Creative Consultant of the Miss South Africa organization.
- Coach and trained 5 former Miss South Africa’s incl. Miss World 2014 & Miss Universe 2017.
- Presenter of his own TV program,”Die Kroonprins” on VIAtv. Giving a glimpse into his life as a stylist and pageant coach.
We have collaborated on a number of very exciting projects over the years and I have first-hand experience of their students and graduates. I find their passion and enthusiasm for fashion to be absolutely inspiring. The future of South African fashion is in great shape. I simply can’t wait to see where we will be twenty years from now.
The LISOF Students brought a deep understanding of their craft onto the AFDA Honours Productions. They integrated into the Film Crews like a second skin and became part of a creative process that we should have delved into much earlier in the academic career. Both the AFDA and LISOF Students agreed that the lessons they learnt from each other for these projects will shape their thinking in future.
LISOF has taught me that fashion has much more meaning than just garments- my mindset has been influenced on a whole new level. LISOF’s lecturers have suprised me, coached me and given me the confidence to graduate, continue with my Honours Degree and to be an influencer. LISOF has given me many opportunities to grow as a person and do what I love, which is Fashion Media.
I came to LISOF to do a short course but was shortly convinced to stay for the year-long Higher Certificate. And at 25 I am glad I did. I loved it so much I am starting the 3 year long BA next year! You’re never too old to reinvent yourself. I’ve finally found what I love doing and thanks to LISOF! I’ve found my wings with Fashion and I intend on flying high!
Where do I start? Growing up I always pictured a creative element being a part of my life, and I grew up with a family in retail so this pulled me towards a career in fashion during matric. Lisof stood out for me because they offered a vast variety of subjects that broadened my knowledge and skill set creatively and logically and that ensured I thrived in the fashion industry. I had a pleasant experience with great exposure at LISOF! They really do want their students to put their best foot forward going into the retail industry. The first permanent job I landed was at Edcon as an assistant buyer in the lingerie department where I currently am and loving it, despite its ups and downs. In the interim I moved to the footwear and accessories department and that was an amazing experience for me as I got to buy product I grew up knowing, footwear. I then moved back into Intimatewear and I love what I do. Retail is a very fast pace industry that is ever changing and to succeed one needs to keep up with the changes and by grasping this concept, it has made me stronger as an individual. I am now striving towards bigger and better opportunities to building my career and I know my LISOFIAN status will help me through it!
I have been in the fast-paced, busy life of merchandising since the start of my career and have had the amazing opportunities to create product for both apparel & home-ware. The most rewarding part of my job for is seeing the product that I have worked on from start to finish in stores or seeing people wearing it. The fundamentals of Merchandising is to develop a good quality product that is commercial and affordable. Sourcing, trend forecasting, selling, travelling, negotiating, working daily with product & dealing with suppliers from around the globe is the essence of being a Merchandiser. You are constantly on the hunt looking for the next best thing to create! I will hit the 5 year mark at the end of this year when I graduated from LISOF and I sure have grown into the career woman I have always wanted to be. LISOF was a fantastic foundation for exposing me to the industry and giving me the tools to thrive within the fashion World. I have the passion most importantly and will always have this drive no matter how challenging the current retail landscape is.