ALL the way in India, three young Malaysian fashion designers drew an appreciative crowd with their avant-garde creations — and they are still in college.
The Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology students from the PJ College of Art and Design (PJCAD) – Mohd Nizam Ahmad Zamil, Gerald Chia and Matilda Low – together with the college’s fashion and industry head Es Azren, had been invited to a fashion show at the Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF) in Jaipur.
There, they showcased their designs of “eco-friendly” dresses made out of paper and biodegradable fabric.
Some of the students’ designs featured at the show.
Gerald and Mohd Nizam were first and second runners-up in the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Emerging Designers Competition 2011, while Matilda was a finalist in the same event.
Matilda said it was a dream come true for her to be able to present her designs outside Malaysia.
“In Jaipur, I shared my passion for fashion with a different audience and was truly inspired by the overwhelming response,” she said.
“I look forward to returning to India someday to explore its fascinating culture and the local fashion scene,” she added.
Es Azren said fashion design students at the college were expected to make their own garment collections as the programme was very hands-on.
The dresses are made out of ‘eco-friendly’ materials.
“It incorporates all production activities, which include the manipulation and experimentation of textiles and trims to generate ideas that will then be translated into three-dimensional form — through pattern drafting, draping and sewing,” he added.
Both PJCAD and PAF are part of the Laureate International Universities network.