The Story of Gert-Johan Coetzee
Gert-Johan Coetzee was born in Koster in South Africa’s North-West province in 1987. Fashion was in his blood since his earliest days; he was making dresses as early as eight years old. At 16 he left high school to enrol in the Northwest School of Design in Klerksdorp, North-West, to focus his attention on the business of fashion.
Fast forward a decade and Coetzee is one of South Africa’s most popular and successful designers, beloved by celebrities, and passionate about spreading the gospel of glamour. A proud champion for South African fashion, he runs a successful design business, creating opportunities for young aspirant designers with an annual bursary; and also dedicates every collection to a social cause, using the power of his fashion platform to raise awareness for issues dear to his heart. His high-voltage red-carpet gowns have earned him acclaim locally and internationally, but his business also extends to a successful ready-to-wear line.
His celebrity clientele include red-carpet stars such as Kelly Rowland, Kristen Cavallari and Kourtney Kardashian, and locally Miss Universe Roelene Strauss, Minnie Dlamini, Lira, Bonang Matheba, Terry Pheto, Louise Carver, Lee-Ann Liebenberg, Pabi Moloi among many others. He also counts many influential women in business and politics among his clients.
Gert-Johan has won numerous awards, including SA’s Most Promising Young Designer in 2006 at the age of only 19.