KUALA LUMPUR: The creations presented in the third heat of the “Kebaya: The Interpretations” competition came in various themes, ranging from flowery feminine to slinky.
There were lace, satin and embroidery aplenty when 14 young designers from four institutions put their creations up for display yesterday.
Among the pieces that stood out was one called Midnight Bloom, befitting no one less than a grunge princess.
Designed and created by Universiti Teknologi Mara’s third-year Arts and Design student Hasry@Hosny Hassim, the ensemble comprising a silvery-blue lacy kebaya top, brownish-mauve kilt and knee-length leather boots would either insult the traditionalist or enthral the innovator.
For extra impact, the model’s accessories included a pair of big loop earrings and a traditional metal belt for the sarong worn around the right wrist as a bracelet.
According to Hasry, the main inspiration behind his avant-garde creation was punk music as well as the wish to create something that would go down well with teenagers.
“Teenagers need something different from conventional designs, and I felt this creation would entice them to try out the kebaya,” said the young designer, adding that he had included some flower embroidery on the blouse to “soften” his creation a little.
Organised by Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia and the Malaysian Official Designers Association, the competition is being held in conjunction with the “Nyonya Kebaya: A Showcase” exhibition, which features nyonya kebaya outfits and accessories belonging to Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, wife of the Acting Prime Minister.
Yesterday’s heat is one of four leading to the grand finals on April 20 at the Shangri-La Hotel.
It will feature 12 of the best designers among the 52 contenders.
Those interested in attending the grand finals can obtain tickets priced at RM180, RM150, RM120 and RM20 (for students) from the Art Cafe at the National Art Gallery or by calling Jendela Batik at 03-2093 2889 (Faisol Abdullah/Nadene).
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