Doomsday Survival by Minki Cheng
In case the ancient Mayan prediction turns out to be true and the world does end tomorrow, Central Saint Martins fashion graduate Minki Cheng has created a collection of apocalypse apparel for surviving extreme conditions in style (+ slideshow).
"The collection was developed by looking into the abilities living things in nature possess to protect themselves," Cheng told Dezeen. "In comparison, humans are relatively vulnerable."
Cheng researched waterproof, heat-proof and radiation-proof fabrics used in wetsuits, body armour and sportswear to select the materials for the collection.
Bold-coloured plastic fur and translucent scales cover some of the garments and are used as details on others.
"The plastic fur symbolises the function of keeping warmth, as well as functioning as protection like an armadillo," said Cheng.
The quilted jacket, coat and skirt filled with down are also designed for warmth in harsh climates.
The down clothing is enveloped in a silk and cotton-mix fabric that has been digitally printed with a design inspired by living creatures.
Pastel pink and bright yellow contrast with dark greens and greys to form a balance between natural and surreal colours.
"The colours mostly come from chameleons and sea creatures, mixing with shapes of body armour and wetsuits," Cheng explained.
Pink skull caps and tights highlight the vulnerability of the body under the clothes.
The collection was first shown at the Central Saint Martins graduate show earlier this year.
We've also featured Icelandic designer Sruli Recht's Spring Summer 2013 collection which includes translucent lambskin and stripy skunk fur - see it here.
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