Seen in a show recently as part of London Fashion Week were the stylish designs of students and alum from Limkokwing University. These played on trendy silhouettes, with luxe fabrics as the focus.
The designers sourced materials from their home countries for the garments. They went to countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Indonesia, Iran and of course, Malaysia, to find the right materials to inject into the collection.
Since the very first London show in 2012, Limkokwing University has incorporated rich cultural prints from different countries where the university’s campuses are located. The shows aim to present Asian and African cultures to a more western audience. They also look to highlight diversity in terms of making fashion globally inclusive.
“While designing, we always kept Malaysia as our main inspiration. We wanted to show to the world all the values of our heritage using sophisticated materials, such as as Sabahan pearls and Borneo beads,” says Kesheen Regunathan from Malaysia.
Fellow Malaysian, Nur Syakinah Gabrielle, adds: “Malaysian style was the main aesthetic for the looks. It’s a way to honour our nation. But we also added some worldwide elements to represent the cultural diversity that surrounds us in the university.”
For Seyed Pedram Mirsadeghi, who hails from Iran, it is all about putting a focus on local culture. “We wanted to show the Malaysian essence as one of the main focus point of the collection by modernising and bringing the baju kurung to another level.”
“The mix of fabrics, with different textures, finishing and fittings allowed us to create a collection with a very modern direction. We explored different fabric manipulations to show a wide range of looks,” states Sumaita Rafiq from Bangladesh.