- Why did you choose to take up Fashion Design at MDIS?
The reason why I chose to take up this Fashion Design course at MDIS is because of its curriculum that is in-line with what I wanted to learn and openness to students without art background but have great passion for fashion design. It has proven that I have made the right choice from what I have learnt and achieved now that I have completed this 1-year diploma course.
- Could you tell us how you have progressed as a student from the start of the program to the end?
In short, “from nothing to something”. I have not studied art as a major before and I could not really draw or paint anything presentable. Initially, design to me is very abstract and far-fetch. But now I could do fashion sketches and illustrations to present my design ideas and develop designs. Putting all that I have learn from this course and my lecturers, I am able to show my design works and make them into reality, draw them out from my mind and make them in real life.
- How do you think Fashion Design is relevant to your personal everyday life?
It is something that makes me happy everyday! From how I match my outfit and express myself, to looking for inspiration for my work-in-progress (be it design or non-design related).
- Where do your inspirations come from?
I draw inspirations from nature, architectures, people, phrases and even emotions. Anybody or anything that I can strike a chord with.
- Who is/are the designer(s) that you admire the most?
My Mum! She is not a professional designer, but all pretty dresses that I have worn as a toddler were all designed and sew by my Mum. She acquired her sewing skills on the job when she used to work in an apparel production company and as a home-based seamstress twenty years ago. I remembered as a child, I saw my Mum sewing wedding gowns and dresses. At that time I thought my Mum knew magic and her tool were her sewing machine and fabric scissors with gold-plated handles, transforming flat fabrics into tall, long gowns that looked enormous to me back then. My Mum used to design and make all her clothes too; T-shirts and jeans were the only things she bought off the shelves. She is my first teacher in fashion design.
The other professional Fashion Designer that I admire most will be Iris Van Herpen. I love her futuristic and unconventional style and her designs and ideas are always beyond just fashion. Her innovative designs and blending of technology in fashion always bring new insights. I also admire the way she works collaboratively with other artists/designers to come up with exemplary works.
- Could you show us some of your proudest works?
This is my first sports outfit I have designed and constructed. The inspiration is from the movie “Hunger Games”.
The outfit below is a short dress inspired from an active volcano. In this outfit I have view the volcano from space to create a dystopian mood.