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 hisheart. 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 andKourtney 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.
He has shown at international Fashion Weeks in Canada,
Angola and Nigeria and has a growing following in Africa.