CREATING young leaders in fashion is fast becoming the forte of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's fashion department after another one of their students has made it through to top 10 of a national competition.
Following in the footsteps of other NMMU graduates like men's knitwear designer Laduma Ngoxolo and Thabo Makhetha- Kwinana who are fast making names for themselves in South African fashion, second year fashion student Armand Dicker was selected as one of the 10 finalists in this year's South African Fashion Week student competition.
The competition this year challenged students to use only natural fibres to create a garment that transforms from a dress to a skirt with at 20% of the garment using craft.
Dicker said the brief of the competition presented a challenge to his creativity and is also a "great stepping stone" for his career in the fashion industry.
"I am really happy and I am very excited to be going up for the pop-up shop and I'm looking forward to be presenting my work. Sticking to the specifics of the brief that the panel required was pretty tough and constraining. It was a very fun project though and I enjoyed the challenge that it presented," he said.
"For the craft of the garment, I worked with a BTech student who helped me with the handcrafts for the strap and leather work of the garment. It may seem cliche but this a great opportunity for me and I feel so blessed. I feel like being chosen is a blessing in itself and I feel already happy about that."
The top 10 designers will have their garments shown in a runway show and at the SAFW Pop-up Shop from Friday to Sunday.
The winner of the competition will be announced on August 31 at the pop up shop.
The winner will receive a stay at the Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg for the duration of SA Fashion Week, they will receive a ticket to the shows at the fashion week and will be introduced to their favourite designer at Fashion Week.