DAHLIA NADIR AH The so­cial me­dia manager and su­per stylish mum on her eclec­tic, boho style and the re­turn of the Sev­en­ties trend. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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Grow­ing up with par­ents who are avid col­lec­tors of art, it’s only nat­u­ral for Dahlia Nadi­rah Juhari to view fash­ion in a sim­i­lar man­ner. “Fash­ion is a form of art. You buy what you like and how you wear it is what your art is,” says the 30-year-old, amid the vi­brant mas­ter­pieces ac­quired by her par­ents over the years that in­clude works by Khalil Ibrahim and Is­mail Mat Hus­sein. “I love how we can ex­press our feel­ings with fash­ion. Some peo­ple have the tal­ent to draw, or to paint, or to make mu­sic, but with fash­ion, ev­ery­one has a room to ex­press them­selves.” Dahlia, a so­cial me­dia manager with a Malaysian bank, says this ap­pre­ci­a­tion im­proves with age. “The older I get, I’ve learnt that there is no right or wrong in fash­ion. You just need to know what com­pli­ments you – the rest is all sub­jec­tive. It’s like how no one ever says a Dalí or a Pol­lock is ugly. You ap­pre­ci­ate it for what it is.”

This in­her­ent epi­cure­anism is yet ev­i­dent in Dahlia’s two-yearold daugh­ter; it’s early days yet, but clear pref­er­ences are be­ing honed. “It’s a bit sur­pris­ing but Ang­gerik is not your typ­i­cal girly girl. For some rea­son, she doesn’t like to be in dresses – there’s al­ways a bit of a strug­gle when I put a dress on her,” laughs Dahlia, who cites her own mother and ma­ter­nal grand­mother as her ear­li­est style in­flu­encers. “My mother is a work­ing mum and ev­ery night, she will put aside her out­fit for the next day. As a child, it was so fas­ci­nat­ing watch­ing her get dressed. I still have her vin­tage blaz­ers although un­for­tu­nately, I can’t fit into her size 2 skirts.

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