Wear­ing their hearts on their sleeves

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She worked with 13-year-old Isabelle Wong, who has dys­lexia, while Ms Kiong worked with 37-year-old Wong Cheok Hon, who has down syn­drome.

The stu­dents in­cor­po­rated their mod­els’ in­ter­ests into the gar­ments.

Ms Nu­rain wanted to de­sign a beau­ti­ful dress that Isabelle would al­ways re­mem­ber.

The skirt struc­ture of the dress re­sem­bles a bell with added ruf­fles to suit the Christ­mas party mood. Pink was cho­sen as it was Isabelle’s favourite colour.

Ms Nu­rain also ex­plored dif­fer­ent tech­niques and shapes for her tex­tile ma­nip­u­la­tion, and made cro­chet trees and added se­quins for a glit­ter­ing ef­fect.

She said: “It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand your model’s likes and dis­likes so that they will be com­fort­able with what they are wear­ing while walk­ing down the run­way.”


Ms Kiong’s con­cept for her run­way piece was in­spired by the story of The Lit­tle Match Girl.

She also re­called her ex­pe­ri­ence at Win­ter Won­der­land held at Gar­dens by the Bay, where she was mes­merised by the light struc­tures and beau­ti­ful, en­chant­ing snow.

She weaved these into her de­sign con­cept and to­gether with Mr Wong’s in­ter­ests in Star Wars and Dis­ney char­ac­ters, the fin­ished gar­ment has dec­o­ra­tive, ge­o­met­ri­cal pat­terns that rep­re­sent the light struc­tures and hand-painted in­tri­cate de­tails on a cape.

Mr Wong told TNP that he re­ally liked the gar­ment Ms Kiong made for him, es­pe­cially since it re­minded him of Star Wars.

Both Ms Nu­rain and Ms Kiong said the project was mean­ing­ful and sat­is­fy­ing be­cause it was their first run­way show ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Kiong added: “It was like a dream come true.”

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(Left) TP stu­dent Nu­rain Mo­hamad Hus­sain worked with 13-year-old Isabelle Wong who has dys­lexia. (Right) TP stu­dent Emily Kiong worked with 37-year-old Mr Wong Cheok Hon who has down syn­drome.

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