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Designing lingerie involves a lot of planning and creativity. 

INSPIRATION can be many things: a burst of creativity, an idea out of the blue, or the great result of a long, hard process. And in the world of lingerie, inspiration comes with attention to detail, a passion for great design and a love for fashion. 

A Gift for Marie,by Merlin Yuwita.

When made, the garment inspires the wearer with a variety of feelings, ranging from well-being to sheer sensuality.  

At Triumph, the designers believe there’s a “goddess” in every woman. Its products praise and encourage the uniqueness of women, and strive to bring out the best in them. Thus, all products are created with a love for detail, inspired by respect and dedication, made for today’s women.  

With that in mind, Triumph began the quest for a fresh perspective in fashion and style by introducing the Triumph Inspiration Award (TIA), a competition initiated to challenge young talented designers from 32 countries to design undergarments. 

Triumph Malaysia marketing manager Cecilia Wong said the contest dares contestants to create a unique piece of lingerie that flatters the female body, tempts the eye and makes the wearer feel truly special.  

“We asked participating students to show us the woman that inspires them. Is she real or does she live in another world or time? We asked to be taken along on their personal journey,” said Wong.  

Mystery of Puzzle, by Tan See Mun.

Themed “Female Fascination”, the TIA is divided into two stages: a national final and an international final. Winning the national final will automatically qualify the student for the international final. Their inspirational creation will then be presented to the international media and judged by a jury of internationally renowned experts from the fashion, design and media fields. 

In Malaysia, Triumph Malaysia is partnering with Lim Kok Wing University. Twelve finalists have been selected from 300 entries and their masterpieces will be premiered during a grand gala night at Bintang Circle in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.  

The winner stands to win RM5,000 in cash from Triumph, and gift prizes from M.A.C Cosmetics and A Cut Above. There will be performances like Hip Hop Dance and songs by Jaclyn Victor during the night.  

Wong said the works submitted were impressive and it was clear that the contestants took the time to research the functions of lingerie to come up with their pieces. Among the concepts presented by the finalists were Happy Birthday Mr President, Dracula Bride and La Vie En Rose, she added. 

Finalist Tan Siok Hoon, 40, said it was her first lingerie competition and described it as tricky, “like all competitions, because what the client looks for is different each time. 

“Everyone has (submitted) good designs and has a fair chance of winning,” said the design student. 

The Blossom Pink,by CatherineSatyawan.

On her Aphrodite Concept, Tan said she drew inspiration from Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Aphrodite. Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love, lust and beauty. 

“She’s the classic ideal of beauty. I have shell designs for the bra and draping for the panties like you see in the painting. There’s plenty of criss-crossing like in the ancient Greek times. 

“I feel my designs would appeal to all women. It’s very contemporary, has commercial and artistic value, and is definitely wearable,” she adds.  

Tan Siok Hoon drewinspiration fromAphrodite, the Greekgoddess of love.

Nurazleena Zakaria, another student finalist, said it was the first time she reached the finals of a competition.  

“I’m extremely nervous by what the judges think. They can be brutal and scary,” she said. The 20-year-old drew inspiration from a movie, and described her Pretty Luxurious entry as undergarment which every woman can wear.  

“I think my design is practical but everyone has their own style and taste. It’s simple yet sexy.” 

The judges are Female magazine editor Seema Viswanathan, local designers Bill Keith, Carven Ong and Khoon Hooi as well as Triumph Head of Product Management and Design, Heidrun Kunzer. They will pick a winner to go up against the other contestants at the finals held in Beijing in July.  

“In terms of exposure, input and functionality, I must say that Malaysia is still rather conservative. It takes great challenge and creativity to think out of the box in order to win the judges over in the finals,” said Wong. 

Wong explained that the prize “is the interpretation, adaptation and realisation of the winning showpiece made into a commercial garment”. The winning piece will be produced as a limited edition and sold in selected Triumph stores worldwide. It will also be completed with hang tags featuring the name of the winner and its concept name. The prize money is €15,000 (RM75,727),€10,000 (RM50,487) and €5,000 (RM25,243) for the first, second and third place winners, respectively.  

Visit triumph.com/my to view all 12 entries. Those interested in attending the function may indicate so on the website. 

Vote for your choice 

READERS may vote for their favouritedesigns by SMS vote. Text TIA<(space)>(contestant number). For example, if youwant to vote for Gan Xue Yee, type: TIA 01.Then send your SMS to 33311. 

Voting is open from now until 9pmtomorrow. 

The person who gets the most votes getsThe Audience Choice Award and gifts byM.A.C Cosmetics and A Cut Above, worthRM500 and RM200, respectively. 

01 Gan Xue Yee
Dracula Bride – The dark side andsophistication of women. 

02 Nurazleena Zakaria
Pretty Luxurious – Bra and briefs arefully laced and embellished with Swarovskicrystals. 

03 Andy Yap
Happy Birthday, Mr President –Reminiscent of the world’s ultimate sexsymbol, with a tender touch of fur and crystals. 

04 Wendy Cheng
Sweet Surrender – Roses, frills andtranslucent elements to bring out the flirtysexiness. 

05 Meliawati Malik Oei
Pure Seduction – Hot and sexy in amaroon-and-black lace combination forgreat confidence. 

06 Tan Siok Hoon
Aphrodite Concept – Evoking perfectfemale allure and sensuality by setting freethe inner “goddess” in every woman. 

07 Desmond Lim
Queen V! – Femininity with a twist; afusion of two opposites: luxurious femininity and street influence. 

08 Tan See Mun
Mystery of Puzzle – Outstanding andunique, with puzzle pieces on the trimmingof the bra and briefs for an amazingmatch. 

09 Catherine Satyawan
The Blossom Pink – Very cute, attractive and flirty lingerie for passionate and adventurous women who dare to be different. 

10 Merlin Yuwita
A Gift for Marie – Inspired by Frenchwomen of the 18th century and the historicalfashion icon Marie Antoinette, the conceptis fun yet seductive, complete with aribbon on the centre of the bra to reflect the idea of a pretty gift. 

11 Rico Rinaldi Tono
Goddess says ‘Pleats’ – Inspired by the Victorian elements that depict the feminine, delicate and sensitive parts of awoman’s body. 

12 Friederich Herman
La Vien En Rose – Intimate, seductiveand ultimate in femininity.

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