Singapore – In just a couple of months, Raffles Luminary Fashion Designer Joe Chia from Raffles Singapore scored three achievements. He is definitely on the move towards making a big name for himself in the fashion design industry. For two consecutive years, Joe Chia was awarded the Asia’s Most Influential Designer at the Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week 2014.
He commented, “It was very unexpected as I didn’t see it coming at all. It was such a great honour to receive the award again and I was very grateful for it and thankful for those who have supported me and pushed me to where I am now. I had zero knowledge on fashion before joining Raffles. Raffles has built my foundation on fashion, art, design, ideas, patterns and many more. I have learnt to create from the basic to experimental pieces that involves pattern making and development process. These fuelled me to express the world in my head to physical garments. Raffles Singapore is a stepping stone to my career today. People come from different backgrounds so it’s difficult to provide advices to other budding designers. For myself, I believe in what I believe in and work as hard as I can.”
Joe Chia showcased his first womenswear collection at the World Fashion Week (WFW) held from 30 September to 4 October 2014 in Paris. He shared, “It was a step forward to introduce the Malaysian fashion scene to the international market.”
Women today are constantly on the lookout for pieces that are easy to maintain and can cater to different occasions when styled differently. Therefore, the concept of his collection is convenience – versatile, no ironing, easy to maintain, pack and travel. In conjunction with the Malaysia Fashion Week (MFM), the WFW served as a gathering of the world’s fashion creators. 10 Malaysian labels were invited to showcase their collections alongside with international labels from over 30 countries.
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Held from 23 to 27 September 2014, Plaza Indonesia Men’s Fashion Week (PIMFW) 2014 featured Indonesia’s local talents and brands as well as renowned international brands and three international designer labels from Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. Representing Malaysia, Joe Chia said, “It was their very first time inviting and featuring international designer labels on the PIMFW runway and we were very proud to be a part of it.”
Chapter05 collection showcased the concept of dual functionality. In addition to being transformable, Joe aspired to conceive garments of an escalated version of reversibility and versatility. Drawing inspiration from world violence, military is the muse of this chapter. It is about peace and creating love instead of war. Chapter05 is the philosophy of liberation, powered by layers of souls.