Sparks of Genius

Unveiling the three designers who possess the talent, tenacity and spunk to make the cut at this year’s Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award.

(May 2016) After months of late nights, hard work and intense preliminary judging sessions, the responsibility to fly the Singapore flag high this year at the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award will fall onto the shoulders of two of these three promising designers: Sunny Lim, Fedri Mak and Ng May Ee. Said BAZAAR Editor-in-Chief, Kenneth Goh, who is also one of the mentors, “The three students this year are so different in their approach to fashion. Fedri is from a menswear background, while May comes from print; Sunny has had retail experience in Japan, and all three possess the tenacity to succeed under the toughest conditions this year. I can’t wait to see their results.”

Making the jump from designing menswear to womenswear would intimidate even the most experienced of designers, but 23-year-old Fedri Mak rose to the challenge. “At first, it was a real struggle for me because it was difficult for me to create a feminine look,” confessed the graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. “But thanks to the judges and mentors who guided me, I quickly got a sense of it. I think being able to understand and visualise both aspects is the hallmark of a good designer.”

Fedri is a NAFA BA (Hons) Fashion alumnus. The article also mentions NAFA graduate Silvia Teh, who won the competition last year.

Media: Harper’s Bazaar, Page 82

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