Femme Luxe Fashion Show 2022
Nurul Atiqah, a student pursuing a Bachelor of Fashion Design Technology (Honours) at the Design School, Taylor`s University, has won Femme Luxe Best Fashion Designer Award 2022 , after having impressed a panel of 4 expert fashion judges with her stunning evening gown of a mixed Victorian Parisian style that was worn and presented by model, Daia Nurhidayah Hashim, who is also the finalist of Miss Plus World Malaysia 2022.
The award was handed to the winner Atiqah and her model Daia on stage by Her Royal Highness, Tengku Puan Panglima Perlis, Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan Binti Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj.
Present at the event were also Her Excellency Dr. Petra Ponevács-Pana, Ambassador of Hungary to Malaysia (pic 2nd left), Dato Foo Chu Jong President of Malaysia Kochow Association (pic 1st left), Ms Maria Sandra Wijaya Programme Director faculty of innovation and technology Taylor`s University (pic 1st right); Datin Seri Ezzan Othman Managing Director of Ezzan Global Ventures Sdn. Bhd (pic 2nd right), Dato Normaziah Sheikh Mohammad, President Club Wanita Ikon, and other VIPs and Dignitaries.
Ten fashion designers and 13 Malaysian plus-size models, who are also finalists of Miss Plus World Malaysia 2022, have participated in Femme Luxe Fashion Show which aims to celebrate and promote body positivity and sustainability through fashion.
Femme Luxe Fashion Show
Miss Plus World Malaysia (MPWM), in partnership with Taylor’s University, has hosted its first-ever `Femme Luxe’ Fashion Show featuring a variety of sustainability and ready-to-wear evening gowns design on 18 September at Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur from 3pm to 7pm. This French-style Fashion Show featured 13 Finalists of Miss Plus World Malaysia 2022 who made appearances and walked on the ramp in classy evening gowns from the mixed Victorian Parisian style.
The models wore two types of garments. One from Taylor’s University presenting classy outfits made of recycled materials and designed by several talented undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Fashion Design Technology (Honours) at The Design School, Taylor`s University. The second type of garments was from Glam22 Fashion Boutique that has also participated in the runway and presented a stunning collection of evening gowns for special function, events and parties.
All collections presented at this show depicted stylish yet comfy gowns worn by plus-size models who flaunt their luxe outfits while confidently walking on the runway.
The objective of Femme Luxe fashion show is to celebrate, spread and promote “Body Positivity, Healthy Lifestyle and Sustainability through Fashion. The show will kick off under the theme: Body Positivity and Sustainability Revolved.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Her Excellency Dr. Petra Ponevács-Pana, Ambassador of Hungary to Malaysia.
National Director of MPWM, Ziinine Britshi said,” Dressing luxe is a form of graciousness and courteousness.” According to him, this fashion show is more than a mere showcase of luxurious or stunning evening gowns, but it`s an initiative and great catalyst to spread body positivity, healthy lifestyle, and sustainability through fashion.
“We tend to contribute to finding the right solution to trash and pollutions by turning wasted fabrics into exclusive, valuable fashion, matching our current trends and world class development. Moreover, this fashion show which is featuring full-figured ladies will be a platform for spreading body positivity, boosting confidence and healthy lifestyle, as well as giving a chance for plus size models to show their worth and be engaged in the fashion industry to,
“We noticed many plus size ladies feel like second class citizens, deprived from being in the fashion trends,” said Ziinine.
The participating models were: Sherlyn Chan Seet Leng, Kulbir Kaur A/P Pindar Singh, Shalani Kaliappan, Ranjini Kalidass, Lim Ai Lyne, Nora Che Ee, Daia Nurhidayah Hashim, Sinthupriya, Amanda Jack, Chitrah Devi Ramani, Lam Man Teng, Ainani Syukriah Sanam, and Emilia Josephine Masiun. The participating Fashion Designers from Taylor’s University are: Julia Wey,Nurul Atiqah, Mutiara Dina, Shi Jin Ge, Low Feng Yie, Kristopher Toon, Marcus Liew, Steffi, Hasyimah Ismail, and Sharon Lee.
Taylor’s University Faculty of Innovation & Technology Executive Dean, Professor Dr David Asirvatham mentioned that its Fashion Design Technology students have shared their desire to design and produce garments for all shapes and sizes, and champion positive body image perceptions among youth.
“Through our partnership with MPWM, students are exposed to industry skills-sets and knowledge in designing sustainable plus size evening gowns. Their design and garment making journey is also well supported with the industry grade equipment we have at Mayamode, Malaysia’s first co-working fashion studio which is specifically designed for both the established and emerging fashion designers. Additionally, Taylor’s University together with MPWM will also be conducting a workshop on Body Image and Positivity to raise awareness of body image and address societal issues among Malaysian school children,” he said.
Glam22 Fashion Boutique Managing Director, Talvin Kok said, “Femme Luxe Fashion Show is very important platform as it will not only promote our design and craftsmanship, but also attract many customers, business partners and establish cooperative relationships. More importantly, we want our ladies to look elegant and gorgeous, as our gowns are specifically designed for women of luxury, which matches the concept of ‘Femme Luxe’.”
According to Upcycle4Better (U4B) Head of Business Development, Andrew Jackson, U4B has donated over 25 rolls of fabric (raw recycled materials) for repurposing by the Taylor’s University students, as part of the collaboration between U4B, Life Line Clothing Malaysia, Taylor’s University and Miss Plus World Malaysia (MPWM). We are always happy to help the designers of tomorrow make more environmentally friendly choices when selecting their materials for events such as these. All the fabric that the students have used for this project has been diverted from our Malaysian Landfills.
Beyond sustainability, women empowerment and community support are key principles that we also value, as many of our home sewers across Malaysia are women and from everyday backgrounds. We have worked on a few projects with MPWM in the past and what we respect about the pageant is its advocacy for body positivity. In this collaboration, we hope that more pageants and event’s organisers come forward and consider sustainable alternatives in the future,” said Andrew.
The mission and vision of MPWM, which is the official preliminary to the international pageant Miss Plus World (MPW), is to celebrate and elevate plus size women`s beauty, confidence and intelligence, as well as promoting healthy lifestyle, humanitarian services, sisterhood and women empowerment. MPWM believes that all women are beautiful, inside and out and deserve a chance to promote those causes closest to her heart with a title worthy of her representation.
The Miss Plus World™ Pageant System is an organization devoted to celebrating the essence of the full-figured woman and giving her an avenue in which to pursue recognition and go to the international level,” said Ziinine. This fashion show is part of MPWM`s intensive programme which the finalists have to go through before going to the Grand Finale gala that is scheduled to be held end of this year. The winner of the national crown will represent Malaysia on the international stage at Miss Plus World 2023 which will be held in Atlanta, United States (USA) in August next year.