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celebrating 29 years in a great industry
filled with beauty, class, inspiration and abso-fashion-lute glamour. Simon Rademan is an international
fashion/style ambassador, a published author, and undoubtedly one of the
most respected fashion and style gurus in South Africa. He has
designed and styled multiple wedding gowns and gloriously glamorous
evening wear for local and
international clients, making him a leading specialist in the field.
He has represented South Africa on
various platforms internationally, (amoung others: The Rugby World Cup,
Mrs United Nations, Mrs South Africa, FIFA) bringing home much
acclaim for homegrown talent. Having designed for Ballet, Theatre,
Live Musical performances, CD covers, and much more, his first love
is the female form and making women more beautiful than they already
Simon was born a
couple of years after George Washington, but on the same day – 22
February. He learned sign language before he could speak either
Afrikaans or English, as both his parents were deaf. With very
little wealth as a child, he knew instantly that love and hard work
should be the foundation of his existence.
After studying Art,
Graphic art, Hairstyling, Modelling and Paint techniques, he
enrolled at the International Academy of Fashion where he majored in
Pattern design, Textiles and Creative Styling. Through hard work,
determination and an inborn enthusiasm to always make women look
their best, he earned respect and admiration, as well as various
nominations and awards. His natural insight into fashion and style
lead to numerous appearances on television, in newspapers and
With “Simon Rademan
Fashion Design Studio”, he opened a design house that continues to
inspire. His clients vary from businesswomen to celebrities, from
matriculants to brides.
Mr Rademan is the
an indispensable guidebook on style
with fundamentals of style and fashion that no woman can live
without, named "The
He has mentored students in the industry, is a sought after column
writer and fashion/style critic - guiding on what to wear and what
not to wear (both on and off the Red Carpet).
He is now
officially married to his life’s work. He adores beautifying women and
inspiring others, and understands that the only constant in life is… change!
set a table beautifully, loves entertaining, but can’t cook or bake!
We are celebrating 29 years
in the industry
Magazine: "... the one to ask about the red carpet..."
Some more quoted accolades:
Maroela Media -
"Hy gee alle vroue 'n 2e kans om
'n eerste indruk te maak met die langverwagte "The Style Bible".
Key - "...one of the best in the world..."
Rose - "... ontwerp meester..."
RSG - "...legendariese
mentor uit die modewereld"
- "... our salute to SA style ambassador..."
MyTYD - "...is sinoniem met styl..."
Zebra Press - "...one of the most respected
"... the always interesting,
inspiring king of style..."
"South Africa's foremost design
"... hy is Suid Afrika se trots..."
".... baanbreker ontwerper..."
Finesse tydskrif -
'n ikoon en 'n legende in ons land se modebedryf."
Mrs United Nations
org - "Meestervolle insig in styl..."
KEUR - "...liefling
ontwerper van die Suid Afrikaanse vrou..."
Rooi Rose -
Siyaya Publishing -
| Pols (Beeld) - "...
so uniek soos sy ontwerpe ..."
van die hoë priesters van Haute Couture..."
Top Billing -
“…marvelous style in exquisite
Week - "...arbiter of
Press - "...
the highly acclaimed fashionista..."|
Time - "... a much
celebrated SA fashion designer..."
Red Cross - "...all inspiring design
| True Love -
"...One of South
|| Sunday Times
- "...brilliant, feisty AND extremely elegant..."|
Value - "...always so
|| You, Huisgenoot -
betrokkenheid by die mode maak hom
- "...onder een van die land se 10 bestes..."|
- "...someone to watch out
|| Pretoria News
fine result of hard work and immense talent..."|
| Rooi Rose
van die voorste name in die
- "...definitely heading for the
| Sarie - "...ontwerpte klere wat mense op hulle mooiste laat
Rademan celebrates in style..."|
"...onder die gesogste in die land..."
|| Mercantile Sun
- "...designer to
| Talking Threads -
"...creates a stir..."
- "...'n vars en nuwe briesie in die modebedryf..."|
- "...vooraanstaande Suid-Afrikaanse modeontwerper weet
|| The Sowetan
- "...our very
own Fashion Guru..."|
- “…Perfect mix of originality,
|| Fair Lady - "...gloriously glamorous designs..."|
- "... enige figuurtipe sy muse..."
Netwerk 24 - " ... front of the
inspirasie vir almal om
Intiem/Intimate - "..fascinating designs from a fascinating designer.."|
Vrouekeur - "...Omtower vroue al vir jare..."
|| GETit - "... a true South African ambassador for true style...
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Simon Rademan was born a couple of years after
George Washington, but on the same day : 22 February.
(Child of a deaf adult - CODA) He learned sign language
before he could speak either Afrikaans or English, as both his
parents were deaf. acted as a formal translater at several
funerals, weddings and similar celebrations.
As a soldier in the Army...
little wealth as children, he knew instantly that hard work and love
should be the foundation of his existence. After matriculating, he left the
beautiful town, Ceres, to complete his 2 year military obligation
at Voortrekkerhoogte in Pretoria, and at Youngsfield.in Cape
As a drama
student... Simon understood that
working in a bank for five years would afford him the opportunity to save money and to
experiment with different part-time courses. He studied
drama and starred in 12 plays (e.g.. Joseph
and his amazing Technicolor dream coat). Art, Graphic
art, Make-up, Hairstyling, Modeling and Paint techniques are some of
the courses that prepared him for what he always knew would set his soul free. His designs for the
female form would one day stop traffic!
As a design
student... His incredible quest for destiny started
at the International Academy of Fashion in Gauteng, where he majored
in Pattern Design, Textiles and Creative Styling. Right from
the start his designs earned the respect and admiration of those he
came into contact with. He registers Simon Rademan Fashion
Design Studio as a cc, and opens the door of a design house that
continues to inspire and set new trends. His clients
range from businesswomen to celebrities, from matric-ladies to those
who fall in love and get married.
As a Master
craftsman... After 21 years in the fashion
industry, Simon Rademan undoubtedly became one of the most
respected fashion guru's in the south of Africa, and his reputation
as a creative stylist reaches far beyond expectations.
As a leading
bridal designer... He specializes in exclusive,
exquisite wedding dresses for local and international clients.
Brides feel and look beautiful and chic in his simple yet
(sometimes) richly embellished robes. They consider a Simon
Rademan as a “must have” rather that “a would like to have”, thus
making him a leading specialist in his field.
As a Miss SA and beauty
scout... His opinion about beauty, style and
etiquette is highly sought after by individuals,
trendsetters, and fashionistas, and was asked by MNET to become part
of SA's first reality TV program - scouting and judging Miss SA
nation wide. His
reputation as a talent scout and being
courageous in his opinion allowed him to be appointed as a national
judge for the highest ranking ambassadorial competitions such as Miss South Africa,
Mrs United Nations, Miss SA
Campus, Fashion TV, Miss Teen (JIP), Mrs SA, and many, many more
As a well-known
personality... Through hard work, determination and an
inborn enthusiasm to make women look their best, he
receives various nominations and awards and appears on television programs, in newspapers and leading magazines
which begin to honor his natural insight into fashion.
He achieves further recognition from the public by appearing in a
crossword puzzle as an outstanding couturier!
Simon Rademan celebrated
his coming of age in
an industry that he absolutely adores. His
medley of styles is a tribute to all who supports him, and an
inspiration to those joint in the fashion arena. He
believes that “the ultimate in living is to respect and love
yourself and to share that feeling with every single person that
touches your life”.
As a celebrated
His life’s motto is strongly personified
by the words of JRR Tolkien: "All that is gold, does not
glitter...all those who wonder, aren't lost. The old who are
strong, do not wither, and deep roots are not reached by the frost."
an international Style/Fashion Ambassador...
Mr Rademan has been awarded the elite honour of
becoming the official South African member of the first ever
"International Designer Collection". This Symbol of Global Unity
was hosted by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon John Key,
and Style Pasifika, with 19 other countries, including… France,
Canada, Japan, Argentina, England, Scotland, Romania, Ireland,
Australia, US, Italy, Russia, Wales and New Zealand.
As a published author...
"The Style Bible" hit stores on
04.11.13, published by ZebraPress, Random House Struik. and is
guidebook on style with fundamentals of style and fashion that no
woman should live without. Fully aware
that not all women can afford Haute Couture, Simon Rademan packaged his wealth of knowledge and experience in this easy-to-read
affordable format. Chock-full of pearls of wisdom, wit and
invaluable advice, The Style Bible is for women of all ages who are
interested in fashion but who need just a little bit of help to look
their best. Although sold out, it is very much available as an
e-book. For more information on this, or
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