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Singapore Fashion Designers  Contest (SFDC) on the run



31st October, Singapore - Singapore Fashion Designers Contest (SFDC) is a nationwide search for Singapore's young and talented fashion designers. Over the years, the contest has been an important platform to launch the career of up-andcoming fashion designers. Many of the finalists and winners of SFDC have either successfully established their own retail labels or are in a fashionrelated business: Leslie Chia (1992 winner now designing under PIMABS); Jonathan Seow (1997) designs under the label Woods & Woods; K.Mi Huang (2001) designs under the label Womb and Madeleine Wong (2003), one half of the design label, Posse.

For Singapore Fashion Week 2006, a total of thirty-six (36) entries were received, mainly from the four local schools that offer fashion design, namely LASALLE - SIA College of The Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Raffles Design Institute and Temasek Polytechnic School of Design. The adjudicating panel is headed by SFDC chairperson Mrs Celia Loe, and is joined by Messers Milton Tan of DesignSingapore Council, Clement Kok of Takashimaya Singapore, Grace Lee, editor-in-chief of Nuyou magazine, Maya Furuie of Isetan Singapore and designer Peter Kor, for interviews and assessments.

Of the short-listed eight candidates, the judges said, "We were extremely pleased to see the high standards in this year's SFDC. Our young and aspiring designers show much gumption in their work and even as their talent is raw now, it shows much promise and is generally of a high standard. Competitive shows like this are always interesting as they are infused with much self-expression, showing the individual streaks of creativity of each designer. Internationally, a couple of them can make the grade as outstanding designers if they are given the right experience and exposure. As an adjudicating panel, we have seen only coloured sketches and fabric swatches. We are looking forward to the many surprises that are likely to develop during the contest itself."

These finalists presented twelve outfits each based on their respective ideas and inspirations.









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