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FASHION FINALIST 2016/CARIKE NEL

As a designer, I found this the perfect example of how dreams meet reality – the collective reality of a person’s lifetime.

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Studies have shown that the human brain remains active for up to seven minutes after death. In these seven minutes it is believed that one's consciousness replays the memories of one’s life in a chronological dream sequence. As a designer, I found this the perfect example of how dreams meet reality – the collective reality of a person’s lifetime.

This lifetime consists of the choices one makes, therefore every person is the creator of their own seven-minute "dream" after death. Since memories will always remain, they become set in stone, which is represented by and also motivates the use of concrete in my designs.

My three chosen designs form part of a progressive range, representing the journey of one’s memories and physical changes throughout one’s lifetime. The notion of dream is represented by softer fabrics and silhouettes in my designs, and reality by the concrete and constructive shapes.

Studies also point to the human body evolving from fish, an element I decided to incorporate in my designs through earthy textures such as coral and stone. De-constructive elements have been used to represent the process of bodily decomposition – the final phase of one's journey on earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

By making use of a holistic approach, this range becomes a representation of every human being's physical and psychological journey, with people as creators of their own reality that essentially takes shape in a final dream.

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