The graduates from Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) School of Fashion and Design celebrated their graduation on 9th September 2015 with an amazing Graduate Fashion Festival — The Maze.
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Guests were guided through The Maze, which was the highlight of the event. It was an unique excursion that helped the guests understand the students’ works and what the students went through in their emotional journey to complete their designs. The Maze is the perfect metaphor for the students’ developmental process and marketing projects.
“R#PTURES” by Daniela Beltrani
The fashion show opened with a live performance by Daniela Beltrani. It showcased the ambiguity between “ruptures” and “raptures” by manipulating the calico fabric to create the students’ toiles to draw the catwalk pathway. There was no music and we were entirely focused on her display of emotions and was it was mesmerising and thought provoking.
The Fashion Show
We were expecting the typical runway but no. The fashion show flowed remarkably with the theme of The Maze and models showcased the apparels by doing their catwalks amongst the guests seated.
1. “Soft Outside, Strong Inside” by Yuna Nayeon Yun
Marrying her Korean cultural heritage with contemporary fashion, Yuna created this collection of soft yet structured silhouette, and dedicated this collection to the empowered women of our times, who still value their feminine side.
Inspired by Korean architecture and origami, and finished with handmade and hand-dyed linen fabrics from Korean mountain artisans, the collection was definitely intrinsically sustainable yet sophisticated.
2. “Invisible Bullet” by Noella Foo
Children’s innocent appearances could be a mask that hid their inner pains. Children who went through traumatic experiences and hurt by the “invisible bullet” that were shot at them, were forced to grow up too fast.
Inspired by the contradictions of a child’s innocent face and their inner psychological state, Noella Foo employed silkscreen prints, embroidery and fabric manipulations to represent bullet wounds. It showcased a playful collection of bright colours that represented the joy that children still experience, even though they could not completely forget or bury their pain.
3. “Human Body Imperfections” by Drishti Makhija
The perfections in imperfections, Drishti Makhija drew inspiration from the imperfect human body. Textile manipulations were used to recreate the flaws that most of us sought to conceal — the scars, wrinkles and even lumps of fats.
With the society focused on the body image of women, Drishti Makhija believed that women should love their own body.
4. “White Candles (Symbol of Hope)” by Fenella Fauzou
It was no surprise that the main colour of Fenella Fauzou’s collection was white, although accents of pink and black fabrics were used to bring out the aesthetic contrast.
Inspired by white candles that represented hope, the structure and pattern of the apparels resembled the changing shapes of melting candles. The impeccable pieces sought to empower women and help women feel elegant in their daily lives.
Our favourite would have to be Noella Foo’s “Invisible Bullet” collection. The bright colours contrasted with the morbid motifs, and the childlike designs added a whimsical and playful touch.
Student’s Design Carried By Inverted Edge
MDIS provided a great opportunity for their students by collaborating with Inverted Edge, a Singapore-based multi-labeled boutique and online store, which will help to co-design and co-brand one of the student’s first collection upon graduation.
“Soft Outside, Strong Inside” by Yuna Nayeon Yun was selected by Mr Jasper Goh, Managing Director of Inverted Edge. He said that it was an important part of his business to support young and emerging talents.
About MDIS School of Fashion and Design
The School of Fashion and Design is the most exciting addition to the disciplines MDIS offers.