KUALA LUMPUR: A rare creation by Daniel Chong, a 22-year old fashion and retail design student from Lim Kok Wing Institute of Creative Technology, emerged first-prize winner of the Kebaya: The Interpretations fashion design competition at Shangri-La Hotel here yesterday.
Chongs outfit, combining a bright green crocheted top and a tutu-style batik skirt with netting and denim, beat 11 other entries to win RM5,000 and a trophy.
Chong, who drew inspiration from fashion reports, forecasts and historical information from the Internet, took just over a month to complete the outfit which he called Renaissance of Puah Tng Tay.
It means the rebirth of the half-long and half-short outfit in Hokkien. I wanted to create something completely different from the traditional kebaya, but at the same time, maintain its key elements, such as the kerongsang (a type of brooch traditionally worn with the kebaya) and batik, said the third-year student, who cited local designer Melinda Looi as his idol.
Noritta Ali, 29, a second year student at La Salle International Design School, won second prize with her creation named Rose Charmante while Stev Wong, 22, from SML Fashion Academy, won third prize with his Little Black Kebaya. They received RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively.
The competition was organised by Malaysian Official Designers Association and Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia in conjunction with the Nyonya Kebaya: A Showcase exhibition at National Art Gallery.
The on-going exhibition features the personal kebaya collection of Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, wife of Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Judges at yesterdays finals included singer Camelia, cultural activist Azah Aziz, and designers Bernard Chandran and Victor Goh.