Welcome to Xela Design College & Fashion Studio

About Xela Fashion Design Studio

Originally from Johannesburg, Xela Fashion Studio & Design College relocated to Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in 1999.

Alex Asman, owner of Xela Fashion Studio & Design College, has over 26 years experience in creating unique one-off couture wedding and evening gowns that are tailor made to suit every bride or lady’s individuality and style.

XELA MAN offers made to measure suits in top quality fabrics that follow the trends and designs of the international catwalks. Men’s fashion is a fast growing trend, having your suit designed and manufactured at Xela will ensure the perfect fit to suit your silhouette.

By choosing Xela Fashion Studio to design your wedding gown, suit and/or those of your bridesmaids/ mother of bride, you are assured of quality service at a very affordable price and Alex’s personal supervision from start to finish. Alex and her staff pride themselves on their attention to detail, high standards and will create a gown, suit or outfit for you that will be as memorable as your wedding day itself.

Recently Xela has introduced a large selection of imported made-to-size gowns that retail for R5500-00 each. Enjoy all the advice and help from a qualified designer and your dress to suit your budget.

Xela Fashion College

Xela Fashion College is owner-run and offers learners of all ages from 18-81 the opportunity to study fashion design and obtain an Internationally Recognised Diploma, issued by London, in a 2-year full time course.

Owner Alex Asman qualified as a fashion designer in 1987 and has over 24 years of experience in various aspects of the fashion industry.

Along with Vice Principal Di Atherton and lecturers Annestine Van Der Merwe, Riette Van Moerkerken and Nicole Hemphill-Meyer, Alex and her team offer hands-on practical tutoring on valuable designing subjects such as design, illustration, pattern cutting, garment manufacture, fabric recognition, accessories, business skills and marketing.

We offer small classes of 12 students ensuring individual attention. All classes are facilitator lead, with hands-on training which is highly career focussed.

Opportunities are created for our students to attend Johannesburg Fashion Week, the Durban July and other fashion related events and competitions.

A Matric pass is preferable, but not compulsory, as students are accepted on talent and passion. The minimum requirement is Maths Literacy 50% mark, Grade 11.

All in-house courses commence in January each year.
To set up an interview please call 013 752 6654

To be added to our mailing list and receive up to date information please email all your contact details to info@xela.co.za

  • Studio

    • Bridal Wear

      Bridal Wear

      Your wedding day is a magical and exciting day - and your dress should reflect that magic! Xela fashion studio offers the bride a variety of options that will enable her to find her perfect gown that will compliment her figure, budget and sense of style. Our ONE-OFF gowns are individually designed and evolve into the ultimate expression of who you are! Designing and producing high quality gowns is integral to our service. Alex Asman, owner of Xela Fashion Studio, has 22 years experience in creating unique one-off couture wedding gowns tailor made to suit every bride's individuality and style. By choosing Xela Fashion Studio to design your wedding gown and/or those of your bridesmaids/Mother of the bride, you are assured of quality service at an affordable price and personal supervision from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, high standards and will create a gown for you that will be as memorable as your wedding day itself. Let Xela create an unforgettable wedding gown for you, your bridesmaid and your mother. As an alternative we offer an exquisite collection of imported bridal gowns. These high fashion gowns offer the look and feel of luxury and sophistication. As all our imported gowns are made specifically for the individual and they are guaranteed to fit like a glove. With over 1300 gowns to choose from, why not enjoy a consultation with a qualified designer while choosing your dream gown. Our order lead time is 2-3 months.

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    • Bridal Portfolio

      Bridal Portfolio

      Xela hosts a wonderful book of vouchers that are available to their brides called the Bridal Portfolio. In the portfolio there are discounts and free offers from over 14 suppliers in the wedding industry in Mpumalanga. From photographers, beauty, hair, music, cakes and so much more. For more information on the bridal portfolio, please email us on info@xela.co.za Our wedding wagon service is busy under construction, please contact us should you wish for more information.

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    • Evening Wear

      Evening Wea

      Sumptuous fabrics with modern flair gracefully take shape as we design your perfect evening dress. On your special occasion you should look and feel like the goddess you are! At Xela our evening and special occasion gowns and outfits are designed and made for the individual, ensuring a perfect compliment between styling, personality and fit. We are happy for you to supply your own fabric or be guided by us by choosing from our selection of fabrics. As an alternative we offer an exquisite collection of imported evening gowns. These high fashion gowns offer the look and feel of luxury and sophistication. As all our imported gowns are made specifically for the individual and they are guaranteed to fit like a glove. With over 600 gowns to choose from, why not enjoy a consultation with a qualified designer while choosing your dream gown. Our order lead time is 2-3 months. We take pride in making your quest for the perfect evening dress simple!

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    • Matric Farewell

      Matric Farewell

      Your matric dance is an important and memorable occasion in your school career and one you will cherish for all your life. Be fashionable with the latest trends and silhouettes at your matric farewell! With our individually designed matric gowns, we will advise you on how to style a dress that will compliment your figure, focus on your assets while minimizing your flaws and expressing your unique personality. While designing our ON-OFF evening gowns we focus not only on creating a perfect look that will suit your body shape, skin colour and age, but we also look at the various facets of each girl’s unique preferences. As an alternative we offer an exquisite collection of imported matric gowns. These high fashion gowns offer the look and feel of luxury and sophistication. As all our imported gowns are made specifically for the individual they are guaranteed to fit like a glove. With over 600 gowns to choose from, why not enjoy a consultation with a qualified designer while choosing your dream gown. Our order lead time is 2-3 months. Remember the dress must not wear you BUT you must wear the dress! For the Gents we have a range of suits and accessories, such as waistcoats and ties available for rental. We design and manufacture suits, waistcoats, ties and shirts to ensure that even the men get a designer look that is within their budget

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    • Durban July

      Durban July

      What can one say about the Vodacom Durban July! It is a time that designers love! Themed Avant Garde outfits! Competitions! At Xela we have dressed many ladies and men who are attending the "July", from the more conservative to the totally over the top. We have had finalists in the “at the track” fashion competitions and no outfit, hat or accessory is too much for us to achieve. As we individually design we can assure that you won’t be pulled too far out of your comfort zone while blending into an amazing fashion wonderland.

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    • Men's Wear

      Men's Wear

      Xela Man is an opportunity for men to discover the pleasure of fashion. Whether the trend is shorter jackets or longer car coats, oxford bag trousers, cigarette legs or skinny's Xela offers men the opportunity to have clothing made specifically to their needs, desires and wants. All our suits and outfits are individually made and fitted, offering the most comfortable and effective results. We are currently in the process of offering an extensive range of imported catalogue suits to ensure that THE LOOK for your special occasion is within your budget. Xela Rentals is a range of men's evening suits and accessories that is available for rental. While getting the advice from a qualified stylist, you can ensure that you are ready for any special occasion, be it wedding, corporate or matric farewell.

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    • Imported Bridal & Evening Gowns

      Ready Made Catalogue Dresses & Gowns

      Wedding dresses, evening and matric gowns, bridesmaids, flowergirl and mother of the bride outfits: We have over 1600 imported beautifully styled and beaded gowns that are available from our catalog. As qualified designers we guide you on your selections and advise you on your figure, colours and styling ensuring a result that is both stunning and personalised. All gowns are available in over 60 colour shades and require a 3 month delivery time. PRICING: Wedding gowns R5500 - R6500 Evening gowns R3550 - R4550 Bridesmaids R3000 - R380

    • Contacts of Venues

      Contacts of Venues

      Hulala Lakeside Lodge

      Tel: 013 764 1893 Fax: 013 764 1864 Cell: 083 287 2597 Email: diane@hulala.co.za

      Umbhaba Lodge

      Tel: 013 737 7636 Email: banqueting@umbhaba.co.za

      Likweti Lodge

      Tel: 082 939 0629 Email: reservations@likweti.co.za

      Pine Lake Inn

      Tel: 013 751 5036 Email: precious@africanskyhotels.com

      Bundu Lodge

      Tel: 013 – 758 1221/2/3 Email: banqueting@bundulodge.co.za

      115@ Casamo

      Contact person: Kitty Nkumba – Tel: 013 007 0163 Email : kitty@casambo.co.za.

      Bee-Eaters Farm

      Tel: 013 755 3225 Cell: 083 625 7082 Email: info@ bee-eaters.co.za Website: www.bee-eaters.co.za

      Umbali

      Tel: 071 675 9045 Website: www.umbali.co.za

      Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort

      Tel: 013 750 7000 Email: food&beverage@ingwenyama.co.za

      Nou's Toeka

      Tel: 013 741 3410 Email: info@noustoeka.co.za Website: www.noustoeka.co.za

      Xela Fashon Studion &Design College

      Tel: +27 (0)13 752 6654

  • Fashion College

    • 2 Year full time diploma

      2 Year full time diploma

      Xela Fashion College offers a 2 year full time diploma course in fashion design. Each Course commences in January of each year and enrolments open 6 months prior. All students are accepted on merit, passion and talent. Our college is situated in Nelspruit and classes are Monday to Friday mornings. Designing is a fun career and the subjects which you will learn and master will be:

      Fashion Sketching

      Technical drawing

      Pattern manipulation & grading

      Garment manufacture

      Accessories - making hats, fascinators, flowers and much more.

      History of fashion

      Fabric recognition

      Business skills & Marketing

      All subjects are taught by qualified lecturers who are young and fun. This is a course for all ages and genders. We are a City & Guild accredited centre and offer internationally recognized and accredited Diplomas. To be added to our mailing list and receive up to date information please email all your contact details to info@xela.co.za

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    • Testimonials

      Testimonials

      Jola Team

      Goodday, I would just like to say thankyou to Alex and the team for teaching us not just the glamorouse side of the fashion industry, but also the hard core of bussines and making fashion work for you! Its 2 years of intense work that will take you a very long way through your life! Thankyou for everything!

      Sukizela

      At age 44 I decided to study Fashion Design. When I went for my interview I was afraid Alex would tell me that I was too old and "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"! When I heard I had been accepted I was overjoyed! I live in Malelane and had to travel 65km to class in Nelspruit but it was  worth it. From the first day of college you learn something new - 50% designing, 25% about the industry and most importantly 25% about yourself.    I can honestly say today that my sewing skills, knowledge of pattern cutting, designing and my confidence wouldn't be on this next level if I hadn't taken on the challenge and grown so much through my time at the College.   (It really was a journey I'm glad I was on ,thanks for every thing you tought us )  Keep well

    • Online Application Form- In-house Full Time Studies

      Online Application Form

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  • Online Course

    • About The Course

      Fashion is the career that you can determine what YOU want from it, from a stay at home mum to the catwalks of Milan! Fashion is something that interests us all. Everyone strives for ‘their look” to look their best.

      COMPLETE COURSE

      Our online course consists with 10 modules that will take you on a journey where you will learn all the exciting and fun ways to design, make and complete all those ideas you have been dreaming about. Each module is purchased individually so you can budget for your studies. You have 6 months to complete each module, there by all 10 should not take you longer than 5 years. You are welcome to move as fast or as slow as your pace requires and you may watch each module as many times as needed for you to understand the work but remember that access will expire within 6 months. The modules consist of video tutorials and PDF downloads. On registering you will receive your equipment list of what is needed and at the start of each subject we will go through the equipment you will be using for that subject. The subjects that will be covered are FASHION ILLUSTRATION, TECHNICAL DRAWING, WOMANS PATTERN CUTTING, WOMANS GARMENT MANUFACTURE, ACCESSORIES, HISTORY OF FASHION, FABRIC RECOGNITION AND BUSINESS SKILLS. As the 4 first subjects are the most important we spend the first 3 modules exclusively on these to ensure a strong grounding before introducing the additional subject slowly over respective modules.

      SINGLE SUBJECTS

      You are also able to purchase just single subjects in each module, this is for the individual who would like extra knowledge, such as learning to sew, make patterns or draw. Only the 4 grounding subjects FASHION ILLUSTRATION, TECHNICAL DRAWING, WOMANS PATTERN CUTTING, GARMENT MANUFACTURE are available as single subject TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS YOUR REALITY.

      Please take note of our terms and conditions.

    • Frequently Asked Questions

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What qualifications do I need to study fashion?

      If you are below the age of 25, you would need a minimum of grade 10 with maths literacy. Above 25, your life experience would be enough for you to enjoy this course. Pattern cutting is your most technical subject where basic maths is required.

      Am I too old to study fashion?

      Absolutely not! Fashion is ageless and as long as you have a passion for fashion and a desire to learn you are an ideal student.

      What if I cannot draw?

      On this course we go straight back to the beginning and teach you how to draw using a ruler. This makes drawing logical and with practise anyone can learn to do a beautiful illustration

      Is it necessary that I know how to sew?

      All subjects in this course starts at the basic level, so no you do not need to know how to sew. Please do understand that you will have to sew. Any good designer knows their way around a sewing machine well.

      Will I automatically get the City & Guilds accreditation with this course?

      In order to qualify for the City & Guilds accreditation, you will be required to complete and pass all 10 modules. You will then be able to apply to attend a 3 week assessment in house at our college. All the information you receive on this course is what is required should you wish to apply for an assessment.

      How long will it take me to complete the 10 modules?

      Depending on the time you have to commit to your studies. Full time commitement to the course you should be able to complete in 24months. There is an allocated maximum time of 6 months per module. If you are not finished a module in the 6 months you will be required to re-register. This way the longest it should take you is 5 years.

      Am I able to repeat a module if I do not pass it and what is the cost?

      Yes, you will have to re-register using your student number.

      There is a once of discount of 30% from original amount for the repeat of a module.

      Can I find work easily in the fashion industry?

      In South Africa our major fashion centres in Cape Town and Durban. The knowledge you acquire on this course is international and recognised worldwide. In the later modules, we teach you about the marketing and the building tools needed to start your own business.

      This means that finding work is entirely dependent on how determined and ambitious you are!

    • Tuition Process

      TUITION PROCESS:

      * Click on registration button on home page and follow instructions completing shipping and billing address.

      * Once you have completed your registration, click ONLINE STORE on top right of page.

      * Click on product you wish to purchase, ie full module or single subjects. Select item/s required.

      * Follow instructions in shopping cart to check out.

      * Once you have checked out, you will receive an invoice for payment and an order number. KINDLY USE YOUR ORDER NUMBER AS REFERENCE WHEN PAYING

      * Email or fax through proof of payment and registration form to info@xela.co.za or 0866354974

      * On receipt of registration form & reflection of payment in bank account, you will receive notification that you may access the module/tutorials that you purchased.

      * With your user name and password you will now have access to the items that you have paid for.

      * You work at your own pace but have a maximum of 6 months access to module video tutorials and notes from date of registration, ie you have 6 months to complete each module. You are welcome to redo modules so long as it is in the 6 months.

      * You may scan or courier your artwork & theory projects in required formats and send to either info@xela.co.za or to the street address below.

      * All projects that are a made garment or accessory are to be delivered to 49 Murray St, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa via courier.

      * All projects & garments will be returned to the student via courier at the students costs. Courier costs are to be paid by the student prior to projects being returned. Students are to inform Xela Design College in writing the address to which they wish to have their project returned.

      * Xela Design College accepts no responsibility for additional costs that may occur should projects be travelling over the borders of South Africa.

      * All reports will be emailed to the student.

      * Once the lecturer has received your work and he/she is happy that you have achieved the required outcomes, he/she will send you notification that you may register for the module.

    • Prices

      Price Breakdown

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    • Legal Wording for Students

      Legal Wording for Students

      LEGAL WORDING FOR STUDENTS

      This is an Alexandra Asman trading as Xela Fashion studio & Design College provider programme. A provider programme is a unique programme designed to meet vocational needs in the market. This programme was designed by industry experts to meet current local and international standards. This programme is none credit bearing, however work produced by individuals attending this programme will enable them to compile a comprehensive portfolio of evidence representing the knowledge and skills gained during their time at Alexandra Asman trading as Xela Fashion Studio & Design College. Alexandra Asman trading as Xela Fashion Studio & Design College will issue a Diploma in Fashion Design to individuals who successfully completed the programme by meeting all assessment requirements as set out in the programme syllabus”

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      In no event shall Alexandra Asman trading as Xela Fashion College, its subsidiary companies and its suppliers be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of this web site. Such limitation shall also apply with respect to damages resulting from the inability to use this web site, the operational failure of this web site, or for any information, data, products, and services obtained through this web site, or otherwise arising out of the use of this web site, whether based on contract, delict, strict liability or otherwise, even if Alexandra Asman trading as Xela Fashion Studio & Design College and its subsidiary companies and/or any of its suppliers has been advised of the possibility of damages.

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    • Terms and Conditions

      Terms and Conditions

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    • Register Here - Online correspondence course

      Online Application Form

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