10 Fashion Designers You Need to Know in Malaysia

Jimmy Choo I
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Sarah Anne Lee

From runways and red carpet to custom-made and ready-to-wear, Malaysian-born fashion designers have proudly made their mark in international high culture fashion industries. Save yourself a trip all the way to Italy or Paris and come to Malaysian flagship stores and get some gala-worthy fashion. Here to help you with finding Southeast Asia’s biggest fashion designers, Culture Trip introduces some of Malaysia’s most premier fashion retailers.

Pearly Wong

Breaking through fashion and art barriers, Pearly Wong succeeds in standing out through her method of basics and staples, reverting to methods of simplicity among the seas of excessive and elaborate. Through careful and strategic construction is her style, Wong makes her mark with collections highlighting the beauty of multifunctional geometric patterns. Sticking to the concept of monochromatic in every way, Wong keeps her pieces genderless in an ethically conscious manner, catering to the androgynous and the non-binary. Even her base color palettes remain subdued, with black being a signature. Also a champion of sustainable fashion, Wong incorporates features of leather, mesh, harnesses, hooks, and zippers in her artistic concepts, creating a trend in minimalism.


Ezzati Amira

An up and coming young designer, Ezzati Amira brings to life a sense of controlled chaos through simplicity and vintage influences. She describes her style as being glamorous in a comfortable sense, and highlights the utilitarian concept through a non-event-conformist manner. Deriving basic elements of music and arts, her pieces come to as fearlessly modern, and nonconforming to any trend, but striving to be timeless. What could possibly be described as nu-bohemian, Amira’s peculiar tastes have severed well to catapult her into the limelight of easy-to-wear fashion, catering for women who are confident in their own skin or on the road to being.


Joe Chia

Think the minimalism of Uniqlo and boldness of Shu Uemura, but stripped of their trendy element. Joe Chia‘s vision is steeped with rebellious undertones, a paradox of the minimalist idea, and flawless effort. His signature monochromatic look is a dissident to the method of seasonal trends and presents itself almost like a glimpse into the blandness of futuristic styles. Chia experiments with the traditionalism of classic urban design and sculpts what he finds into darker overtones, building a strong line of genderless statement pieces. A truly perspective-inducing type of art, Joe Chia is making waves with his deconstructed sense of fashion.


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