'Her style is Eloquent and Fun'

Today we’re featuring something other – than a beautiful white dress, but ensembles more colourful to warm the coldest of winters’ days.

We recently had the privilege to create several bespoke ensembles for Professor Marena Manley at the Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University.  The outfits were designed especially, to be worn at the the 15th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2011) which was hosted for the first time on the African continent, over a week period.

This prestigious event was organised by Marena and Deidre from Conferences et al.

On the Sunday evening, the 15th of May 2011. in a vibrant cherry red corded lace corset and matching tiered tulle skirt with velvet polka dots, Marena, Okasie’s flower girls and the Cape Minstrels welcomed all the delegates on the red carpet at the CTICC in Cape Town.

After the opening on the Monday morning the delegates were introduced to Joseph (cheetah from Spier Cheetah Outreach programme).

On Thursday evening the NIR Africa Affair took place at Moyo, Spier Estate near Stellenbosch.  For this African themed Gala dinner, we created a 3 piece ready-to-wear ensemble – Marena looked effortlessly stylish and she completed the look with earrings, which she designed and manufactured herself whilst doing a jewellery design course a few years ago.

All photographs by Ralph of Zaphoto.

During the week 63 oral talks were presented and 110 posters. Keynote presenters were from South Africa, Japan, Germany, France and Portugal.

Some comments sent afterwards by delegates:

“It was an excellent conference.”

“I found the scientific quality of the conference very high.… I enjoy it!”

“All the organisation was perfect, nothing to say just to congratulate you and your team for this. Happy to have spent these 10 days in your lovely country … I hope to come back … “

“I will never forget the NIR2011 conference, a keystone in the NIR Galaxy… a star with a NIR pattern that will always mean a great success!!! You did it! You got it!”

“Thank you for the wonderful conference and all the South African hospitality.”

“There were many people attending the conference but I felt part of a big family.”

“I wanted to thank you again for all your efforts to make this conference a success and for the so warm personal touch of yours that made the whole difference.”

“I must emphasize that this last conference had the virtue of combining high level contents and excellent presenters.  It was a great learning experience, with interesting papers and lots of challenging topics.”

It was a WONDERFUL journey working with such a DYNAMIC WOMAN-we enjoyed it a lot! We trust there will definitely be future opportunities to create BEAUTIFUL dresses for her!

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