Cyla Gonsolves' work. Picture: Supplied.

This week on The Intern by David Tlale, a reality show by the top designer which seeks young designers to compete into working with him. Contestants were faced with the CNA challenge in which they were tasked with creating a high-end fashion ensemble using nothing but CNA stationery supplies. 


The contestants wowed the judges with their unconventional and dramatic designs but the one that stood out the most was that of Cyla Gonsolves. Cyla’s use of materials was playful yet fashion-forward and encompassed the brief whilst remaining true to her individual style.  

The bodice of Cyla’s design made use of a beautiful paper rolling technique called quilling and the skirt harnessed multiple strips of colorful paper, giving way to the title - ‘Colourful and Creative’. 

From left to right: Sudesh Bhageloo (CNA Marketing Executive), Tashi Stylianou, model donning the winning design, Cyla Gonsolves, David Tlale, Nico Panagio. Picture: Supplied.

 Cyla Gonsolves (22) is an emerging creative from Stellenbosch who believes in fashion with a cause. Gonsolves is currently pursuing her Advance Diploma at Cape Town College of Fashion Design and believes that fashion should start a conversation that ignites the fire within. 

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“The creative culture of Cape Town and the CNA Inspiration Bar have helped to keep me inspired throughout this competition. Making the Top 5 has been an unbelievable experience and I am grateful that the sleepless nights have paid off”, says Gonsolves. 
 She prides herself on being unique and creative in her designs and shares that each one speaks to her individual style. 

With this competition, contestants were required to design a ‘Graphic Print’ that encompassed the CNA challenge theme as well as their own individual style. 

Cyla Gonsolves design. Picture: Supplied. 

As the winner of this challenge, Gonsolves will be working with CNA on a unique stationery range that will be available for purchase at selected CNA stores this November!

Catch David Tlale -The Intern on SABC 3 at 19h30 every Wednesday night, repeating at 13h00 on Saturdays.