KUALA LUMPUR: An artist and a movie costume designer bagged the grand prize of the Piala Seri Endon 2004 batik design competition here yesterday.
Mohd Nizammudin Ambia and Mansor Harun of Kumpulan Nizam LUCT 'N' Sutex beat 11 others at the finals to clinch the RM30,000 grand prize in the competition's fashion category with their batik-infused interpretations of the Nyonya Kebaya and baju melayu. Each “group” of finalists had one or more members.
Mansor, who designed the costumes for Malaysian director U-Wei Shaari's latest film, Buai Laju-Laju, said:
“I wanted to make the kebaya look more grand so I added three layers of silk organza but I maintained the fall of the classic kebaya.” The contestants created three outfits each for judging.
“The other kebaya was inspired by the Indonesian wiron (sarong) while the baju melayu was inspired by baju kurung Johor,” said Mansor, whose partner Mohd Nizammudin is a lecturer and resident artist at the Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology.
The second and third prize winners in the same category, Shu Pei Loong and Suhairi Marlina Shamsudin, won RM10,000 and RM5,000 respectively.
Ridzwan Bohari and Mohd Rizal Jasman of Kumpulan Last Minute came out tops in the new Soft Furnishing category, which also came with a RM30,000 prize.
The second and third prize winners were Kumpulan Life, comprising Tan Been Ting, Teo Jen Hui and Toh Hui Sim; and the Noor Atikah and Amir Luqman team.
Guests at the event included guest-of-honour Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, the Prime Minister's wife Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, Information Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen and Star Publications (M) Bhd group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Steven Tan.
The guests were treated to a fashion show featuring the designs of last year's competition fashion category winners Masrina Abdullah, Mohd Nazari Maarus and Mohd Azizi Hassan and top Malaysian fashion designers Bernard Chandran, Iszal Ismail, Donna Chew, design houses Barakaff Designs Sdn Bhd and Jendela Batik.
Contestants from the Fashion category were whittled down from 36 to 12 last Sunday while all 13 Soft Furnishing entries were passed through to yesterday's finals.
The competition was a part of the Malaysia Batik Week 2004, which was initiated last year by Endon in an effort to the revive the Malaysian batik industry and promote it abroad.
Piala Seri Endon 2004 was organised by the Batik Guild, Yayasan Budi Penyayang and sponsored by The Star, Royal Selangor and Berjaya Times Square.
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