Young couturiers in the limelight

Aspiring designer: Micheal explaining his clothing concepts to visitors during the showcase at Prangin Mall.

Aspiring designer: Micheal explaining his clothing concepts to visitors during the showcase at Prangin Mall.

HE LIKES fashion design but his father had wanted him to become an architect.

Micheal Ooi, 21, did not want to disappoint his father and took up architecture at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman three years ago but quit the course one month later.

Today, the graduating Diploma in Fashion Design Technology student from Equator College Penang is proud to showcase his designer outfits at the college’s graduation showcase at Lot 33, Prangin Mall, Penang. The showcase will last until tomorrow.

“My father was furious with my decision because he felt I could have done better in architecture. But I’m glad I have followed my dream which is to pursue a career in fashion.

“He is now proud of my achievement. I have my mother to thank as she has been supportive of my dream all this while. She has worked hard to pay for my materials,” he said when met at his booth.

Micheal said he enjoyed sketching dresses and clothing since he was 13.

Knowing that it would be costly to take up fashion design, he studied hard and was duly rewarded when he scored 10As in the SPM examinations.

“I got a full scholarship from the Star Education Fund to take up the course here.

“I hope to get a Bachelor’s Degree one day. Right now, I will do part-time modelling and design outfits.

“I already have a few orders,” he said as he proudly showed off wedding gowns, evening gowns and cocktail dresses that he designed.

He was among 35 graduating students who displayed their final-year projects at the site. Their courses are Graphic & Multimedia Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design Technology and Digital 3D Animation.

College principal Datuk Chuah Kooi Yong said the showcase theme ‘Artspace” was a combination of the concepts of space and possibilities.

“You know very little about art and design when you first joined us. But now you have produced an exhibition that the public will admire,” he told the graduating students.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey was the guest of honour at the event.

Interior design student Ooi Xin Yee, 21, said: “The lecturers are friendly and committed. They cared for us and helped us whenever we have problems.”

Digital 3D Animation student Raimi Nuruddin, 23, said he already had a few job offers.