Finalists fighting against time


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Apr 2003

BY DANIEL HOR

PETALING JAYA: Even as the deadline draws near, the 10 finalists of The Star Designer Awards 2003 are coping well with their busy schedule and pressure to stitch up the last of their designer garments. 

26-year-old Norwegian Marisol Acchiardo (left) putting the final touches to the model wearing her design during the photo shoot for the Star Designer Awards souvenir programme book.

They took time out from work and class to attend a photo shoot at Menara Star on Wednesday. 

The photo shoot was conducted by professional photographer Kim Teoh for the award’s souvenir programme, which will showcase the 10 finalists and one of the five fashion designs they had submitted. 

Professional photographer Kim Teoh (right) taking a break from photographing fashion models while Mohd Jasmi Mohd Rejab, one of the finalists for the Star Designer Awards 2003, makes some final adjustments to the model wearing his design.

For fashion design lecturer Mohd Jasmi Mohd Rejab, 26, taking part in the contest has meant working into the wee hours of the morning to produce five garments in a month. 

“You really have to organise your time,” said Jasmi, adding that his close friends helped.  

The finalists, who were short-listed and first announced on March 21, have a little over a month to transform their five fashion designs into garments. 

Their entries on the theme “City Days, City Nights” will be judged at the finals at the Mid Valley Megamall Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur on April 27. 

The award is one of the highlights of the inaugural KL Fashion Week 2003. Another finalist is 21-year-old Marcus Yap, a final-year student at LaSalle International Design School, who is not averse to the tight deadline. 

“I finish classes at 6pm but I stay back to work on the project until midnight,” said Yap. 

Norwegian freelance fashion designer Marisol Acchiardo, 26, also found the time constraints trying, though she was confident of finishing on time. 

“I’m now working on the little details of the dresses, which would take quite a bit of time,” she said. 

But for lecturer Nadeane Salleh, 24, besides the time factor, finding sponsors was another challenge she faced. 

“It does take up a lot (of cash). For me, fabrics alone cost RM1,200,” she said. However, Nadeane is lucky to get close family friends who are in the textile business to sponsor her. 

One finalist Chai Yu Mei, 21, could not attend the photo shoot after her completed dress was slightly damaged during ironing.  

“This morning, my seamstress called me up and told me she had accidentally seared the dress while ironing it,” said Chai, who works as a visual merchandiser.  

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