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