Carike Nel is a driven fashion designer. She accumulated her BA degree in fashion design from LISOF in 2013.

Since then she has designed dresses, outfits and costumes for varies artists, and specializes in couture gowns, evening wear, matric dance dresses, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride dresses and any special occasion wear.


Carike value her clients and work

She is passionate about people and working with a client to create the perfect dress for the specific person that is true to their style and authenticity. She believes everyone is different and each design needs to be treated as such.

Carike believes that the dress should not wear the client, but the client should wear the dress unless otherwise required. She gives immense attention to detail for each dress to make it that much more special for the client.

She works hands on with each design from meeting the client, to choosing the fabric, drafting the pattern and doing all the fittings. She makes an effort to get to know the person she is designing for.

She believes that people and peoples hearts is the most important thing in the world, and someone should feel valued every time they leave their experience with Carike Nel Designs.

Carike is an all round designer, she exceeds the expectation of any design project given to her.

In 2012 she won the all round best design student in LISOF and in 2013 she won the best Avant-Garde range displayed at LISOF annual fashion show. In the following year she won Cirque magazines New Young Talent award and an editorial spread of her Avant- Garde range was featured in this magazine.

In the same year she designed and styled the wardrobe for the award winning Afrikaans music video Naweeklyfie, performed by Lianie May and Jay, she also designed the main dress Lianie wore in the music video and custom made it for her.

Carike has worked and varies music video sets to design the perfect dress for the artist at hand, to name a few: Volmaan, performed by Leah. Tweede Kans, performed by Riana Nel. Is jy mal in jou kop, performed by Cordelia. Tyd, performed by Nadine and plenty more.

Carike designed many dresses for different artists mainly in the Afrikaans music industry. She designed mostly all Riana Nel’s dresses for Afrikaans is Groot in 2014, the following year she designed two outfits for Corlea Botha for Afrikaans is groot and in 2016 Carike designed 5 outfits for Leah for Afrikaans is Groot.

Furthermore she designed red carpet dresses for big names such as Donnalee Roberts, Elizma Theron, Cordelia and Nadine. She also worked with Charlize Berg to design all her gowns worn in the Pantomime Doringrosie that was showcased in Emporer’s Palace in 2017.

One of her dresses also featured on the Cover of the DEKAT magazine in the March/April 2015 issue, worn by Donnalee Roberts.

Carike enjoys doing costume design for feature films. Most recently she worked on a production called ‘Susters’ directed by Corné van Rooyen and featuring artists like Leah, Diaan Lawrencen and Quanita Adams.

The film will be released in December 2017.