South African fashion designer, Gert-Johan Coetzee has always been a fashion-lover. By the age of 6, he was already taking sewing classes and dressing his pencils up in tissue paper.
GJC launched his label at 23 when he showed at SA Fashion Week in 2010. He is known for his red carpet hits, dressing the likes of Bonang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini-Jones, Pabi Moloi, Tamara Dey, Lira, Liezel van der Westhuizen, Cindy Nell and Terry Pheto.
During his second year at North West School of Design (2004), Gert won the High Fashion Award at the annual Vukani Awards ceremony.
His first commercial venture was as partner in the Diamond Face Couture label with businesswoman Uyanda Mbuli which launched in 2006. In that same year he won the SA’s Most Promising Young Designer award.
Gert is committed to developing the local fashion industry and decided to launch the GJC fashion bursary programme that includes personal mentorships and internships at his studio.
In April this year during SA Fashion Week, he showcased the golden 50th anniversary of the iconic Big Mac® burger with Big Mac® Fashion line.
Coetzee was chosen to mentor contestants, who will be competing to create clothes with different themes at a certain period, for a fashion TV series called Project Runway.