Vanessa studied Clothing Production at Technikon Witwatersrand (1993-1995)
Designed and manufactured her own label aimed at the 90’s club scene called World Wear.
Worked as a patternmaker, and assistant to Joburg Fashion designer Nicola Parkin (1995-2000)
2000 onwards, Vanessa has freelanced as a wardrobe mistress, stylist and costume designer in the film & TV industry as well as designing and manufacturing outfits for activations & events.
Vanessa has worked extensively with Art Director Sue Steele on numerous TV commercials and features as wardrobe mistress, costume designer, costume supervisor.
Under HOD Lynn Driver of Just Tonight Josephine, Vanessa has been an integral part of the wardrobe dept. on 10 seasons of Strictly Come Dancing SA as well as designing & making costumes (Ballroom & Latin American dance dresses) for 5 of those seasons. Vanessa was Lynn Driver’s 2IC on the first season Dancing with the Stars SA as well as one of the costume designers for the show.
Vanessa also designs and manufactures uniforms and outfits for activation staff, events, choirs and corporate wear, and can work to any brief and within most budgets.