Fashion designer David Tlale is best known for bringing a touch of drama to both his designs and his runway shows. Unashamedly theatrical, his garments challenge mediocrity and break the mould of conventional design. This has earned him a reputation of being one of the country’s more unpredictable designers.

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David Tlale created a dress to represent Robben Island, for the heritage and culture stand at INDABA 2013 (INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar).

Award-winning fashion designer David Tlale launched his personal brand in 2003 and has never looked back, having become one of the most recognisable faces in the South African fashion industry.

Having shown in New York, Washington and Paris, Tlale is known as a highly creative South African fashion designer with a penchant for the dramatic. In 2011, he created one of the largest media stirs in South African fashion history when he showcased his work on the beautiful, iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

This was quickly followed with a second showing, at the historic Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

Tlale’s signature and preferred design aesthetic has been coined as ‘African chic’, the obvious combination of African luxury and chic couture using a combination of fine fabric and intricate detail.

As a fashion designer, Tlale’s pieces are versatile.

Tlale has a studio in the Maboneng Precinct (Johannesburg), and boutiques at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, one of Johannesburg’s most glamorous hot spots, and Cape Town’s uber-trendy suburb of Woodstock.

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Who to contact

David Tlale
Johannesburg studio

Tel: +27 (0)11 614 7424

Shop U01, Michelangelo Towers, Sandton
Tel: + 27 (0)11 403 0123

The Bromwell Boutiqe Mall, Woodstock, Cape Town
Tel: + 27 (0)21 447 4730

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