Models with flamboyant hairstyles and make-up strutted the catwalk in trendy contemporary batik wear at the Batik Design and Fashion Competition.
The competition on Sunday was organised by Popular Book Co (M) Sdn Bhd in conjunction with Penang Floral Fest 2005.
Fourteen students from Hagihara Academy of Fashion and Merchandising and 10 students from Style Flash Beauty and Image Centre participated in the competition at Prangin Mall in Penang.
The fashion design students and make-up and hairstyling students from both institutions teamed up in 10 groups to come up with exclusive modern and stylish floral batik apparel with matching hairstyles and make-up.
Hagihara student Michael Ch’ng Chern Kooi, 20, and Style Flash student Bobo Tan Ven Fang, 22, clinched the first prize with their fashion creation themed Crossing the Rose.
Their winning entry was an elegant off-shoulder white dress with striking purple floral prints and a frill trail.
“The dress is a blend of harmony to personify elegance and romance in a person,” said a confident Ch’ng, who took more than a month to design the outfit.
The team walked away with certificates, cash prize of RM800, hotel stay voucher, movie tickets, Osim massage hairbrush and cash vouchers for V-Care Optics, worth a total of RM1,300.
The second placing with prizes worth over RM500 and certificates went to Hagihara student Mow Yee May, 22, and Leong Pik Man, 19, and Style Flash student Low Siew Tiang, 25.
According to Mow and Leong, their two-piece design Purple Sensation was inspired by lily and lavender.
Hagihara students Naphaphorn Chen, 33, and Revathi Sathasivam, 26, and Style Flash student Jewel Yap Gaik Kim, 20, won the third place with prizes worth RM300 and certificates.
Chen and Revathi said their creation themed Tropical Chic, a bareback knee-length black dress, aimed to illustrate the versatility of the native batik fabric in modern and contemporary fashion.
The Best Fashion Design subsidiary title went to Hagihara student Sherry Beh Huay Lee, 22, with her fashion design Over The Edge.
Style Flash student Annie Bah Mee Foong, 30, who teamed up with Beh, won the Best Hairstyling subsidiary title.
The Best Make-up subsidiary title went to Style Flash student Jess Low Seow Ling, 24.
At the event, shoppers had a chance to watch the Showcase of Batik Beyond 2005, a fashion show by Craft Batik Sdn Bhd.
Eight models including Miss Floral Fest 2004 Alice Loh showed the audience what could be done with the batik – twirl it, tie it or simply, drape it over the shoulders for beach-wear, office attire or formal wear.
The potential for the hand-drawn material is limitless and it only takes some creativity to wear it.
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