Simon Rademan (born Simon Petrus Rademan, on 22 February 1964), is a South African fashion designer and stylist. As couturier, he is well known for his contribution to South African style and etiquette.
Simon Rademan was born in Ceres, a small town in the Boland, Cape Province, South Africa, in 1964. Both his parents were deaf, so he learned sign language before he could speak either Afrikaans or English. He matriculated at the Charlie Hofmeyr High school, and completed his 2 year military training (this was compulsory then) in Pretoria, Transvaal. Today, it is known as Gauteng. He served as a bank-clerk for 5 years and made his mark as an actor, radio artist and performer. Simon Rademan took part-time studies in Art, Graphic art, Make-up, Hairstyling, Modelling and Paint Techniques, he enrolled at the International Academy of Fashion in Gauteng.
He enrolled at the International Academy of Fashion in Pretoria to study Fashion design and received his Diploma in Haute Couture and majored in Pattern Design, Textiles and Creative Styling. He was the recipient of many awards: Student of the year – 1989, The woolboard - 1989, Young Designer Award - 1990, Most innovative Designer – 1992. Sanlam and Volksblad Designer Award – 1993.
His lecturing in design, millinery, etiquette, modelling and beading has shaped and moulded the ideas of a generation of young designers. Simon Rademan went on to register The Simon Rademan Fashion Design Studio, a design house that is today widely recognized for excellent craftsmanship and true style. He was also afforded the prestigious opportunity to be the designer for the FIFA draw, and is known as amongst the top of design. At his coming of age in the industry in 2010, he was already considered a legend and an icon in the South African fashion industry.
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 took place during 2011 Rugby World Cup, and 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, United States of America, Italy, Russia and Wales.
Simon Rademan has been involved in nationwide searches, scouting for numerous competitions, including the very prestigious, Miss South Africa, Mr South Africa, Mrs South Africa, Fashion Television.
His involvement in charities and for causes such as organ donation, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, cancer, the deaf, epilepsy, missing children and animal rights are eloquent expression of his care and concern for society’s vulnerable.
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