Ah fashion, it makes us all unique! Whether you are all about making yourself noticeable with outlandish designs or keeping a low profile by following the masses, we Malaysians are big on fashion. So here are 5 Malaysian fashion designers you can check out!
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1 & 2. Ellynur S. and Illi S.
Ellynur and Illi founded their company, Ghania, on the shared belief that all women should be fabulous. The idea for such ambition came when they were both expecting as first-time mothers.
The Malaysian fashion designer duo, who are also siblings, started creating and designing for the sake of their passion and had managed to get their works into stores.
Now, they have their own company which they still actively work on.
It is stated the sisters have different approaches to their design. Ellynur prefers pastel hues and more feminine details with a hint of grunge while her sister, Illi is all about that rock goddess look with striking bright neon colours and distinctive patterns.
The name of their company, Ghania, means natural beauty. The collection hopes to make its wearers feel graceful and elegant.
Ellynur states, “Each piece represents our labor of love. We draw inspiration from life and the little things that make us happy, and our designs incorporate and reflect those feelings perfectly.”
3. Alice Jane
At a young age, Alice Jane has already developed an interest in fashion, watching her mother create outfits with a sewing machine.
She and her mother would bond over creating garments after she had taught Alice the basics.
Before launching her company, Alice studied film and music at the University of Music in Freiburg, Germany.
At first, Alice thought she would be a music producer, but her time in Germany opened her eyes to the world of fashion.
When the aspiring fashion designer returned to Malaysia, she infused all the things she loved, music, composition and fashion into one and her company, A-Jane, was born.
In 2016, Alice launched her first collection, “INFLUENCE”.
A-JANE has 3 showrooms, a dedicated workshop studio and a number of pop-up stores. There is even sub-brand, AbyJANE.
Her company has now expanded to Taiwan and Singapore.
4. Kit Woo
Kit Woo grew up in a small town in Malaysia, but even with minimal exposure to the art, he took a big interest in fashion and design went to the First Media Design School in Singapore, where he earned a diploma in apparel design and merchandising.
During his time at the school, Kit received the award for Overall Best Student. He even became an assistant professor.
Woo then went to the United States where he attended the Pratt Institute, majoring in Fashion Design.
He interned in various small roles such as a dresser in the fashion scene in the US. Eventually, Woo would create his own brand.
Kit Woo’s fashion aesthetic rejects “sexiness” or “right-fit” which is a popular notion in the fashion world. He prefers modesty with a sense of mystery. Hence why most of the designs look too big to fit, but that’s the point.
The fashion designer is now best in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
As of now, Kit Woo has a range of unique clothing which you can check out on their website.
Born as Zulkifli Salleh, Kioue has shown interest in fashion since the age of nine and by the age of ten, he was sewing his own clothes. This Malaysian designer likes to take risks and has shown extensive creativity when designing clothes.
Kioue made a career for himself in 2005 as a graffiti artist, in 2007 he launched his own lifestyle brand, The Super Sunday, to appeal to young Malaysians.
Kioue claims that most of his skills were self-taught and that he experimenting in art and fashion design allowed him to gain more knowledge on the field.
He picked up the name Kioue (pronounced kayu), after joining the world of art, stating that a ‘street name’ is needed in the art scene.
Kioue takes his inspiration from Japanese designer and founder of Commes de Garcons, Rei Kawakubo.
His fashion designers take inspiration from both western and Japanese design.
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