Ca­reer Star

Ez­zati Amira – one of Malaysia’s promis­ing de­sign­ers – lifts the fash­ion veil and takes CLEO on a tour of her trendy world.

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De­signer Ez­zati Amira opens up her cool world to CLEO.

Name: Ez­zati Amira

Age: 25 Job: Fash­ion De­signer

How did you be­come a fash­ion de­signer?

Dur­ing my school days, I took up art classes as an ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity. That’s how I got in touch with my cre­ative side. When I was 16, I grabbed my first-ever fash­ion magazine and told my­self that if I chose this path, I’m go­ing to make it work. I stud­ied fash­ion de­sign in Ra…es De­sign In­sti­tute and started work­ing in the lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try right af­ter grad­u­at­ing.

How hec­tic does work get?

It’s stress­ful when you mul­ti­task. Es­pe­cially weeks be­fore the fash­ion show; that’s when the pres­sure re­ally starts to mount. I make a to-do list, which in­cludes model ar­range­ments, de­cid­ing on the hair­styles and make-up, get­ting the clothes ironed, and so forth.

What’s your proud­est ca­reer mo­ment so far?

Join­ing KL Fash­ion Week 2013 is, by far, my most defin­ing ca­reer mo­ment!

What are some of the ob­sta­cles you face as a fash­ion de­signer?

Malaysia has pretty limited fab­ric choices as well as ac­ces­sories like zips and but­tons. So you have to be care­ful with what you’re us­ing to avoid mim­ick­ing an­other de­signer’s work.

Tell us more about the Malaysian fash­ion in­dus­try. What does its fu­ture look like?

It has def­i­nitely im­proved over the years with up­com­ing de­sign­ers try­ing to push through to the ready-to-wear mar­ket. As for the fu­ture, I’m hop­ing that Malaysians will sup­port the in­dus­try not just by grac­ing it but also by let­ting the world know that we pro­duce durable, good qual­ity de­signs.

Where do you get your fash­ion in­spi­ra­tions from?

I’m in­trigued by pho­tog­ra­phy books, es­pe­cially when they por­tray neg­a­tive things. I chal­lenge my­self to see some­thing pos­i­tive in the pic­tured neg­a­tiv­ity and draw my in­spi­ra­tions.

If you weren’t a fash­ion de­signer, what would you have done?

I might have be­come an accountant and worked in a bank, wear­ing a white shirt with a leather skirt and look­ing as sexy as ever!

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Some of Ez­zati’s de­sign


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