Finella Ang, a student of MDIS School of Fashion & Design, captured our attention with her beautiful Sakura-inspired portfolio of drawings.

Her fashion sketches of garments and bags wow-ed us so much that we eventually selected her as the 2nd runner-up, even when she was absent for the discussion session with us about her shortlisted entry! This is what true art and fashion does – it conveys the artist’s message and talent clearly without any need for words or verbal explanation!

How do you think Fashion & Design is relevant to your personal everyday life?
We dress ourselves up every day, and whether it’s for work or school, everyone wants to look good and smart in their outfit. I didn’t really have much fashion sense before I took up this Diploma course in MDIS. I usually dress very casually in a top, shorts and scandals when I go out. After I took up this course, I started to put in more effort in my everyday outfits. Also, when I’m out shopping for apparels, I would know if that piece is affordable for the price, just from its material used and sewing.


Why did you choose to take up Fashion & Design at MDIS?
I’ve had great passion in Art since I was young. However, I decided to go for something a little more than just art. Fashion is a part of Art too, and that’s why I chose to take up Fashion & Design.


Could you tell us how you have progressed as a student from the start of the program to the end?
As I didn’t have any background in Fashion Design, I started from ground zero. At first, we learned how to draw fashion croquis in the correct proportions and postures.
Next, we were exposed to different mix medias (e.g. watercolours) in our fashion illustration artworks. Now, I have gained the ability to design and make garments from scratch!


Which is/are the designer(s) who you admire the most?
Alexander McQueen, as I really love his clutches. I really like the clutch designs because there are a lot of fine details in it, like embroidery and engraving.


Where do your inspirations come from?
My inspiration depends on the theme of that assignment that is given to us (e.g. Movies, botanical images, architecture). Anything and everything around us can inspire a form of fashion in our designs.


Could you show us some of your works which you are really proud of? 



¬†This is the second garment that I’ve made for my school assignment. It was really tedious because at that point of time, I didn’t know how sew at all! Fortunately, with the help of my lecturers and after many sleepless nights, I finally completed this garment.
This is a peacock-inspired garment. The material used was duchess satin, netting and lining. Garments that are inspired by peacock are usually green or blue. However, I chose black for this garment because I find that black suits my design more as it brings out the elegance of the garment.
My lecturers also selected it as one of the top few designs to be displayed at my school fashion studio’s window display. This really made me feel that my works are recognized, and it really gave me a great sense of achievement!