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Behind the Seams: Our Story

Our name comes from the isiZulu word, Mbaliyezwe, meaning Flower of the Nation, which symbolizes our commitment to creating unique and outstanding pieces. Atelier is rooted in the French word for a designer or artist's studio - a place where ideas bloom. We believe that fashion should not only represent who we are, but also inspire and empower us to be our best selves.

We pride ourselves in taking time to get to know our clients and understanding their vision, allowing us to craft memorable pieces, with the utmost care and attention to detail, that capture their style and essence. Our aim is to create timeless, stylish and high-quality fashion pieces that our clients will love and cherish for a lifetime.

From the first consultation to the final fitting, we aim to make the process of creating a custom Mbaliyezwe Atelier outfit a seamless and enjoyable experience. Whether you need a stunning gown for a formal event, a tailored suit for a business meeting, a ready-to-wear outfit or something completely unique - we excel in creating garments that are as unique as our clients.

We draw our inspiration from the beauty of our surroundings and want our clients to feel like walking visions of art.


Book an appointment today and let's bring your fashion dreams to life!

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Professional Resume

June 2022 - September 2022

Durban Fashion Fair Mentorship Programme 2022

Mbaliyezwe Atelier founder and creative director, Mbaliyezwe Ndlela, was one of 25 fashion designers selected for the three month Durban Fashion Fair 2022 Mentorship Programme - where she was mentored by BET Made In Africa judge, Doctoral Candidate and CEO of Fezile Fashion Skills Academy, Fezile Mdletshe; along with her team. Through the mentorship, Mbaliyezwe learned new innovative techniques and the latest industry trends. The Mbaliyezwe Atelier, four of five looks, debut range was showcased on Day 3 of the Durban Fashion Fair 2022, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre Complex.

Our Experience

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