Marianne Fassler

Biography

Some Awards given and projects worked on:

2015  AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town – Summer 2015

2015  LABO International, Paris sees the capsule of Summer 2015

2015  AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg – Winter 2015

2014  Marianne wins the Mercedes Benz AFI 2104 Designer of the Year award after presenting a groundbreaking Fashion Week show.

2014  AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa – Summer 2014

2014  In August Marianne gives her talk, ‘I have nothing to wear’, at TEDxJohannesburg, exploring her personal style and identity VS fashion.

2014  AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Cape Town – Resort 2014

2014  AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg – Winter 2014

2014  In January a garment designed for Amaze Africa is nominated for Design Indaba’s 2014 Most Beautiful Object in SA.

2013  Collaboration with Kudzanai Chiurai on garments for his single channel film, Moyo

2013  AFI Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa – Summer 2013

2013  In September Marianne shows a “trash to treasure” collection a La Ferme du Buisson in Paris.  The brief was to design a fashion collection directly inspired by her costumes for BEAUTY.

2012  collaboration with Robyn Orlin on her conceptual dance piece , “ beauty remained for just a moment then returned gently to her starting position…”

2011  Marianne is represented at the 10th Triennale, Materials Revisited, at the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt Germany Oct2011-Jan 2012…great honour.

2011  AFI Fashion Week

2010  AFI Fashion Award for  Exceptional Contribution to Fashion in Africa.

2010  Shows at AFI Fashion Week

2008  Marianne is commissioned by Standard Bank to produce a show to be staged at their gallery during the Marlene Dumas exhibition.

2008  AFI Fashion Week

2008  In April Marianne receives Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence de la Mode for her collection shown at AFI Joburg Fashion Week.

Judges described her collection as the best collection shown at Fashion Weeks in 2007 .

This is what they said:

“This collection showed why she’s remained on top of her game.  She described her collection as ‘anything but minimalist’ and our judges loved it for its vibrancy and visual impact.  Intrinsically an African contemporary collection, it was also feminine, wearable and original.”

“fierce juxtapositions of colour and texture, delectable detail and a robust but feminine Afro-urban aesthetic, that keeps on reinventing itself.”

“engagine, inspiring and a visual delight-everything that fashion should be.”

2008  Spread the Love campaign with Clover and shot by David LaChapelle.

2007  Shows at AFI Fashion Week for the first time.

2005   Fair Lady Catherine Award   “Life Time Achievement”

‘It has been a while since we’ve seen a range from Marianne Fassler, but her sizzling new collection has been well worth the wait.  Fassler is on top form, with vibrant combinations of colour, pattern and texture.  Layered tulle skirts, detailed with sequined Lesotho hats, twinned with patchworked, figure-hugging tops and sheer , printed caftans, exude an exuberant Africanism that never descends into cliché. Even her trademark touches of leopard print are fresh and contemporary.’

Adam Levin , Sunday Times Lifestyle June 12, 2005

2004  Face of Woolworths ‘Be more You’ campaign to celebrate individuality in the 10 years of Democracy.

2004  Face of SCMB campaign:  “There is a bank that is inspired by your ambitions”

2004  Shows a collection for Standard Bank , inspired by the ‘Engaging Modernity’   show.

“Fashion Art and Politics make for a heady mix.  There is no way this party can be as exciting as the invitation  makes it look—but what gave this party a buzz were the fashions from an inspired Marianne Fassler.  She put together a rainbow collection—shown off by models dancing to marvelous music.’

Gwen Gill  Sunday Times  March 7th 2004

2000  Rapport Prestige award

1999  Fair Lady Fashion Award—Designer of the Millenium.  Elected to the roll of honour having won 4 previous Fair Lady Fashion Awards

1998, 1999, 2001, 2005  Fashion Week collections to rave reviews