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Two weeks ago the ELLE Rising Star Design Award finalists sent their designs down the AFI Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa runway where the 2014 Rising Star, Tamara Chérie Dyson, was announced.

Here, we take a walk on the wild side and share the Rising Star journey with you – join us behind the scenes of the judging process and see the hard work and the incredible dedication from our finalists.

Hit the play button on ELLE TV below and journey with us!

What? Second round of judging

Where? Tsogo Sun’s Cullinan Hotel, Cape Town

When? 25 September 2014

Why? Our judging panel for the first time sees the finalists’ storyboards and vision translate from paper to design. The collections were presented to the judges, extensive feedback was given to the finalists and direction shared to help them develop and shape their ranges.

What? Final fittings before the show

Where? Melrose Arch

When? 27 October, 3pm – 8pm

Why? 6 collections, 6 talented designers and one day until show time! It’s time for the finalists to see their garments fitted, make final changes and see the collection come to life!

What? Final judging

Where? Melrose Arch

When? 28 October, 3pm – 8pm

Why? Before the finalists showed their final collections, our judging panel including the newest additions Executive director SANFC’s Anita Stanbury and Gloria Mothibi from Regenesys gave feedback, comments and the final nod before show time.

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Follow our #RisingStarAfrica2014 winner @tamara_c_dyson on Twitter plus see our Rising Star in association with MRP’s winning collection here.

Photographs: SDR Photo

Videos: Waldo Pretorius

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