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Think Project Runway!

Now, add a little Mzansi Flavour.

Drop in an 18-year-old dancer with a passion for all things arts.

You get, the new up and coming fashion label, Bhumehl, by young National School of the Arts student, Bhungane Gabriel Mehlomakhulu (18 years old). The dancer turned self-taught fashion designer, designs and makes all his clothes himself.

The grade 12, dance major at the popular art school, makes his clothes whenever he has a chance during school holidays. The Bhumehl founder and designer launched his first collection, which consisted of denim and floral printed t-shirts in December 2015. On June 2016, he launched his first full range of ready to wear women’s clothes.

Now, on 3 December 2016, the young entrepreneur will be launching his Summer/Spring 2017 collection at the National School of the Arts.

Bhungane has been accepted to study at The Cape Academy of Performing Arts in Cape Town, which only intakes 15 students a year nationwide, for the 2017 academic year. The Fashion Show will help him raise funds for his tuition, accommodation and travel. The young artist has learned that through creativity & innovation, one can build a brand & become entrepreneurial.  

“I released my first collection for the Spring Summer 2016 season last year & have since used the profit from that collection to create my second one which will be for the Spring Sumer 2017 season accompanied by a Fashion Show”, says Bhungane.

SABC 1’s Generations, costume designer, Natalie Lundon was blown away by Bhungane’s work at an earlier show that she arranged that he get the opportunity to attend the highly-acclaimed Mercedes Benz fashion week and sit front row where seasoned designers like David Tlale have once sat.

The ambitious artist sees himself reaching the ranks of successful South African designers, David Tlale, Thula Sindi, Gert Johan Coetzee & Gavin Rajah.

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