Francois Nel wearing M4S

The organisers of Mr. Gay South Africa™ have called on up-and-coming LGBT designers to apply to design the outfits to be worn by Mr. Gay South Africa in Manila at Mr. Gay World 2011.

Francois Nel, Mr. Gay South Africa 2010, will be representing South Africa in the Philippines from the 9th until the 13th of March. The finale will take place at Club Mwah on Sunday evening, 13 March.

“The LGBTI community has the talent, we have the people, we have the resources and imagination. We must just do it,” said Coenie Kukkuk, one of the directors of Mr. Gay South Africa.

Kukkuk explained that the competition is an opportunity for designers to showcase their work to an international audience in two of the four pageant categories.

Nel’s wardrobe must consist of:

    1. A national costume, which will be designed Mr. Gay South Africa™ official designer, Luiz Delaja, under his label M4S;

    2. Formal Wear, which is sponsored by GF Menswear from Benmore, Johannesburg;

    3. Swimwear, which will be designed by Bone Wear from Pretoria, which is also a Mr. Gay World sponsor;

    4. Club Wear (open category) and;

    4. Business Wear (open category).

The competition aims to find designers to design Nel’s ‘Club Wear’ and ‘Business Wear’ outfits.

To take part in the Mr. GSA 2011 Designer Contest please write to and indicate in which category (or both) you wish to compete.

Applications must be received no later than 4 February 2011 and need to include:

1. Your name, small photograph and a shortened CV;

2. No more than five photos in JPG format of your most-recent, already-made designs (pictures do not have to be high resolution).

If chosen to compete, contestants will be made known by a press release and final submission of designs must be in by 28 February 2011.

A winner in each category will be announced, and will be named an ‘Official Designer of Mr. Gay South Africa™’ and their winning outfits will be worn by Nel at Mr. Gay World 2011 in Manila. Winners will also stand a chance to showcase their latest range at the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras in Knysna at the end of April.

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