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Written by : Dave Macleod
The rising star of Martin John Steenkamp
Durban – The meteoric rise to fame of young Pietermaritzburg fashion
designer Martin John Steenkamp will continue when the energetic 27 year
old gets to show his talent as part of the new “Amazing Africa” showcase
at the Vodacom Durban July this year.
It extends a remarkable journey with the Vodacom Durban July fashion
programme that started when Steenkamp stood out as a notable talent from
the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion in the 2015 Vodacom Durban July
Young Designer Award and won through to the final ten.
A year later he was back on the fashion stage at Greyville Racecourse as
he won the Best Menswear competition, and last year he was included in
the designers approached to show in the “Timeless Collection” and won
second prize in the Classic Racewear for Women raceday competition.
“The Vodacom Durban July has always been platform that allows designers
to be expressive and fashionably creative, and I am humbled to have been
a part of the event every year,” said Steenkamp.
As a young man from the Eastern Cape Steenkamp always knew that a career
in fashion design was what he wanted most, but it took several years and
perseverance to save up enough to allow him to enrol at the
Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion Design.
His talent was shaped by Priscilla Bhika who steered him into
opportunities with the Vodacom Durban July fashion programme and the
Durban Fashion Fair that have played a major part in honing his talent
and set up his Martin John brand.
“In my final year I read about the great things the Durban Fashion Fair
has done for brands such as Zama Mathe of Zarth designs and Mxolisi Luke
Mkhize of House of St Luke. And most importantly the knowledge that was
shared from great industry insiders such as Terrence Bray and Greg
Wallis, who knows the ins and outs of production planning, pattern
making, costing, and the role of a designer in a business,” said
Steenkamp is now a lecturer at the Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion
Design, and significantly students from his college for the first time
dominated the list of semi-finalists in the Vodacom Durban July Young
As the Martin John Steenkamp star continues to rise he happily immerses
himself in his students efforts to follow in his footsteps, and those of
fellow Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion Design students like Leona
Pillay, who won the Young Designer competition in 2016, he knows that he
journey with the Vodacom Durban July could still have another important
“I love getting involved with the Vodacom Durban July and it is an
honour to be invited to part of the showcase events. Maybe one day I
will be asked to be part of the Invited Designer Showcase. Maybe. One
day..” he muses.
It will certainly complete the whirlwind rise of Martin John Steenkamp's
star at the Vodacom Durban July.
The Vodacom Durban July takes place at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday
6 July 2019.
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