The Success of David Tlale!

In South Africa we have really great designers who do a phenomenal job by making sure that we get to functions looking great. Then we have David Tlale who is well known for his great dresses designed any kind function.

David Tlale is a South African Fashion Designer. He has showcased at Cape Town Fashion Week and has also designed collections for Edgars. Tlale was a semi finalist at the South African Fashion Week Elle New Talent Show Competition in 2002. In May 2003, Tlale started working from home running a design studio. This fashion designer 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.


He was born and bred in Vosloorus, which is in the East Rand next to Boksburg, and he attended Primary and High School there. He was raised by a single mother – He’s got two older sisters and a younger brother. And in ‘93 he went to Tshwane University of Technology to study Internal Auditing. Growing up he used to make clothes for Barbie dolls and he used to have this thing about playing with dolls’ hair. But he never really thought about it as a career. he thinks it was only when he started hanging with the fashion students – that was the trigger. And he really fell in love with it and discovered that this is his passion.


Professional details

Current Position(s)

  • Fashion Designer | David Tlale Label
  • Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Previous Position(s)

  • Part Time Lecturer | Vaal University of Technology
    2000 – 2003

Academia, Education and Training

  • Technical Assistant | Vaal University of Technology
    1998 – 2000

Academia, Education and Training



  • Mzansi Star Fashion Designer | Mzansi Awards
  • Winner | SAFW Elle New Talent Competition


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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