17 November 2017, Alumni of the week
24 year old AFDA Cape Town alumnus, Trevor Stuurman, described by many as the African Renaissance man; is a filmmaker, photographer, fashion designer, blogger, trend setter, brand ambassador and entrepeneur. He describes himself as a ‘global African’ with elaborate style, as his work is authentically from the continent yet has definite global relevance. A recent Instagram post by Trevor after speaking at the WGSN Futures Cape Town Summit 2017 also describes him well:
Today’s agenda; The Future Consumer. The Future African Consumer. African Wealth: resources vs culture. Emotion2.0. The Future of Brand Collaborations. The Future African Brand. The Future Brand and more… “By staying ahead and informed; you can create the future you see – and want – for yourself, your business and consumers.” It was a pleasure sharing my point of view on the future of Africa alongside global thought leaders and trend experts.
After graduating with an honours degree in Motion Medium Picture from AFDA in 2014, Trevor completed a documentary that he co-directed entitled Ubuhle Besintu, which follows the journey of world-renowned knitwear designer Laduma Ngxolo. In 2015 he was the Autumn Winter face of Woolworths and has since continued working with the retail giant as trends consultant. Trevor has been featured in House and Leisure’s 2014 Rising Star, the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2015, and Destiny Magazine’s The Power of 40 List. He’s been named GQ Best Dressed Man in 2015 and SA Style Awards 2015 Next Big Thing. He was the keynote speaker at the Sunglasses Hut Reflections Fashion Forum 2016 and invited to be part of the judging panel for the SA Fashion Week New Talent Search 2016. He was also a keynote speaker and a panelist at The Black Portraiture Conference hosted by New York and Harvard University. Added to that he has been named Influencer of Year according to Student Village. He has just exhibited his first body of work Form at the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair. Trevor was later invited to speak at Oxford University on how he is reframing the African narrative.
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AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.