Budding designers off to a flying start


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  • Saturday, 22 Aug 2015

AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar (fourth from right) presenting the mock-cheque to Le Bao En, the grand winner of the Grand Finale of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2015 while KLFW founder Andrew Tan (fourth from left) looking on.

Drawing inspiration from the beauty of the temple ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia has earned a university student an apprenticeship with fashion designer Jovian Mandagie.

UCSI University student Lee Bao En will also showcase her collection at next year’s Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW).

The 22-year-old fashion student won the grand prize for AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2015, which was held at KLFW recently.

“I was inspired by the texture of Angkor Wat’s rough walls and the trees around the temple,” she said when met after the press conference.

Dressed in a dark-washed denim shirt over a black maxi dress, Lee appeared to be a bit shy over her new-found fame.

“I have not been to Siem Reap yet, but would really love to visit. Perhaps I will use the BIG Points from the grand prize to go,” she said.

Lee won a return ticket to Tokyo, 60,000 BIG Points and a Dell Inspiron laptop.

The competition aimed to provide a platform for young aspiring designers to showcase their talents and help catapult them into the fashion industry.

Ten young designers were given the chance of a lifetime to showcase their creations on the prestigious KLFW 2015 runway.

Guests were treated to a visual buffet of oversized jackets, pleated sleeves, mixed textures, and interesting prints.

The young designers had to come up with two designs each, all inspired by the beauty of Asian destinations. AirAsia Berhad chief executive officer Aireen Omar said the company had always been a great supporter of youth and talent development in the region.

“This is AirAsia’s first foray into fashion, and fashion is a creative outlet for expression. It plays an important hand in importing culture.

“We are aiming to make Kuala Lumpur a fashion hub and that dream will become a reality soon,” she said.

KLFW founder Andrew Tan applauded AirAsia’s commitment to help young talents fulfil their dreams.

“To be part of KLFW is a big deal. The overall experience – from sketching, fitting, and the opportunity to share the runway stage with established designers is a remarkable experience for all participants,” he said.

First runner-up Universiti Teknologi Mara student Shazmin Hashim and second runner-up Esmod Kuala Lumpur student Ter Mei Ching won a return ticket to Sydney and Hong Kong, along with 60,000 BIG Points and 33,000 BIG Points respectively, a trophy, as well as a Dell Inspiron laptop each.


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