Two sides to the story

Two sides to the story

This project for first-year MDIS Fashion Design and Marketing student Tiffany Tan is a personal take on her own life.

Her idea: To capture the juxtaposition of what her parents and society want of her, and what the 22-year-old pictures herself as.

Her first look - the corporate lecturer - comes with a structured vest, blouse, jacket and pants.

It is contrasted with a second look - a vivid fuchsia ensemble, which Miss Tan reckons represents her dream of being a flamboyant designer.

The constant in both looks is a tote bag that was made from scratch. It features a hand-beaded and sewn applique depicting a girl which represents Miss Tan's younger self.

"That young me had many dreams and aspirations. And this girl is caught between the two ideals," she says.

The New Paper on Sunday's stylemaker and local fashion stylist Kovit Ang notes that Miss Tan was open to constructive criticism.

He says: "We told her that her original core piece, a clutch bag with some building blocks painted on - they were (meant to represent) building blocks of her dream - was simply too generic. It didn't stand out at all."

With some coaching, Miss Tan presented her final look and a new tote bag.

Says Mr Ang: "I am very pleased with the end result. The contrast is strong, and the bag works in both the looks."

Miss Tan says she has learnt that "styling isn't as easy as you'd think".

She had to come up with alternatives and think out of the box.

Pleased with the final look, she says: "I chose simple, tailored pieces, because it's very much my design aesthetic - clean lines. Even the flamboyant, loud piece is structured and clean."


Students from MDIS' School of Fashion and Design worked with renowned local stylist Kovit Ang, who has more than 14 years' experience creating looks for publications globally.

Over the last few months, the students created their own fashion looks for these pages. Starting from a "core piece" which they manufactured, they procured and borrowed items to achieve the specific look in mind - under Mr Ang's guidance.

MDIS' School of Fashion and Design started in 2011 and offers degrees in Fashion Design, and Fashion Marketing and Branding, awarded by Nottingham Trent University.

This article was first published on Jan 4, 2015.
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