Anak-anak Sidek, Kampung Boy inspire fashion

Runway ready: Zahirah (second from left), Shahzanna (centre) and Siti Nur Azreen (second from right) posing with their fashion designs on models after the MSU International Fashion Collection 2021 fashion show. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

OUR homegrown cartoon characters will be gracing the runway in Japan next year – thanks to some very creative talents.

The designs, created by Management and Science University (MSU) Bachelor in Fashion Design with Marketing (Honours) students, will be showcased during the Ueda College of Fashion Uedagakuen Collection event in Osaka.

The pieces were displayed during the MSU International Fashion Collection 2021 officiated by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad on March 25 at the varsity campus.

The collection, presented at the fashion show, was based on local animation shows and a “freestyle” theme given to the students.

Scenes from Lat’s beloved graphic novel “The Kampung Boy”, were printed on the train of a gorgeous high-low dress by Nur Shahzanna Shahrun, 24.

The print on the taupe dress, she said, was painstakingly hand drawn by her before it was sent to a shop to be printed on the fabric.She said the iconic comic character was picked because “who doesn’t know Kampung Boy.” The entire designing process took her about a month to complete.

Nur Shahzanna also received plenty of feedback from her lecturers who were on hand to ensure that the students produced their best work possible.Siti Nur Azreen Mohd Nazri, 23, had two of her designs featured – a dress with a badminton net “cape” studded with shuttlecocks and a piece inspired by Japanese punk rock.

The dress, she said, was inspired by “Anak-anak Sidek”, an autobiography comic and animated series about the lives of Malaysian badminton legends, the Sidek brothers, who are also the children of the late badminton coach Datuk Sidek Abdullah Kamar.

The prints, said Siti Nur Azreen, were also hand drawn.

The Kuala Lumpur native said this is the second time her work will be making its way to Japan.

“During my diploma studies in MSU, my design was chosen to be part of the exhibit in Ueda but this is the first time my work will be featured on a runway, ” she added excitedly.

As for Zahirah Zulkhairi, 21, she was inspired by the character “Puteri Limau Bali” from the show Puteri.

The character’s magic hand fan, she said, inspired her to create a pleated dress.

She took a week to design the dress and another week to sew the piece.

But in her haste to finish the masterpiece, Zahirah accidentally burnt the edges while ironing.Thankfully, her lecturer stepped in to salvage the dress by showing her how to cut away the ruined bits without having to sacrifice the whole dress.

The fashion show was organised by MSU School Of Hospitality and Creative Arts together with Ueda College of Fashion and a Japanese fashion brand.

MSU president Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid said they have been working together with the college in Japan since 2018 to expose their students to one of the world’s most vibrant fashion capitals.

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