The Finale of 15th Johor Arts Festival

A live performance by Ritesh Kumar, fashion designer from India

Johor’s premier fashion event Perspective; The Runway ended the 15JohorAF

This year’s Johor Arts Festival ended with the remarkable fashion event ‘Perspective; The Runway’ at the Grand Ballroom in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru. The fashion show hosted six talented designers from Malaysia, Thailand and India. Perspective; The Runway was sequel to their two events that happened earlier this year; ‘Perspective; The Showcase’ and ‘Perspective; The Project’.

The fashion show organised by the Johor Society of the Performing Arts (JSPA) was graced by Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim. The show started with Thailand designer Sorn, who showcased her stunning everyday-wear collection, which were Peranakan-inspired designs with a Siamese twist. The show continued with Wawal Ali’s collection who emerged as the champion of ‘Perspective; The Project’, a fashion design competition held earlier. Wawal Ali’s collection was bold and made traditional songket print into a modern twist.

Tunku Tun Aminah presented the Certificate of Appreciation to the champion of “Perspective; The Project”, Wawal Ali

The fashion show continued with the colourful creations of one of the biggest names in Malaysia’s fashion industry, Datuk Tom Abang Saufi. Her collection was more on casual, tropical beachy holiday designs in bold colourful batik and native Sarawakian motifs.

The second half of the fashion show, continued with special collection by the creator of Lagenda, Wong Lee Leng, who made a show-stopping feast for the eyes with her fabulous stunning work inspired by the Bidayuh community in the heart of Borneo. Wong said the collection was based on a documentary project “The Last Ring Ladies” that will be aired in a few countries around Asia, including Japan and Taiwan.

The evening became more interesting with a line-up of creative clothes collection presented by the design students from LimKokWing Fashion Club. The collection was chic and contemporary called the “Malaysia Soul”.

Line up of collection from Datuk Tom Abang Saufi

Another highlight of the fashion show came right before it ended, when Ritesh Kumar, a fashion designer trained in Italy and based in India showcased his signature aesthetic with an eclectic yet versatile collection. He also gave the audience a surprise by painting a dress live on the runway.

The Johor Arts Festival ended on 23rd September 2018 with spectacular events featuring a string of top-notch performances from various artistes and collaboration.