FI­NAL­IST : A G N E S L OW

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The News -

Com­ing from a graphic de­sign back­ground, Agnes Low, 24, was the only designer in the com­pe­ti­tion who laboured to cre­ate her own prints for her col­lec­tion. The Lim Kok Wing Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate worked with a sports-in­spired sil­hou­ette, light-as-air fab­rics, and a mono­chrome pal­ette to give her clothes a sense of new­ness and edge. She be­lieves in a sub­tler aes­thetic that will en­dure be­yond sea­sons and trends. You cre­ated your own prints for this col­lec­tion. Can you de­scribe your tech­niques? The two main tech­niques I used were silkscreen and sponge dye. For the silkscreen, I wanted the pat­tern to feel me­chan­i­cal and mod­ern but ap­plied us­ing the tra­di­tional way. Sponge dye was used to lend a more artis­tic feel to the clothes. Your day job is in graphic de­sign. Do you think that gives you an ad­van­tage? Ev­ery time you step into a dif­fer­ent field, it widens your per­spec­tive. You’ll start look­ing at things from dif­fer­ent an­gles and you open your­self to new ideas. Why was your col­lec­tion in­spired by the pass­ing of time? I find the idea of time fly­ing by, in­escapable by any­one re­gard­less how rich or pow­er­ful they are, very in­ter­est­ing. And how did you trans­late such an ab­stract idea into your clothes? I used the move­ment and turn­ing of gears to rep­re­sent the pass­ing time, so I made that into prints. I also used sponge-dy­ing and om­bre ef­fects to make the clothes look faded, as though they’ve aged and a long time has passed. What do you think sets your work apart? My sil­hou­ettes are clean and sim­ple, but they are not bor­ing. The main sell­ing point is print; it is min­i­mal but de­tail-ori­ented. For me, fash­ion doesn’t al­ways need to be about wild and crazy ideas. Who do you see wear­ing your clothes? I don’t de­sign for any spe­cific group. Even men can wear my clothes be­cause a lot of them are uni­sex. I be­lieve in mak­ing time­less, ba­sic pieces that will flat­ter many peo­ple. Hav­ing said that, I do de­sign clothes that I would wear.

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