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Curtin Fashion at Malaysia Fashion Week

Media release

Curtin Fashion will feature in Malaysia as part of the 2016 Mercedes Benz STYLO Asia Fashion Week events, showcasing works designed by current Curtin fashion student Sarah Mah and alumna Cordelia Gibbs.

Menswear shirt made with natural dyes by Cordelia Gibbs

Together they will present a showcase entitled, SPECERE: To Look, today, Friday 4 November.

Ms Cordelia Gibbs will present three menswear and three womenswear looks as part of a unisex leisure streetwear collection entitled ‘past tense’ under her label, COR.D by Cordelia Gibbs.

“The collection ‘past tense’ explores the use of garments as a medium to create a connection to place,” Ms Gibbs said.

“Provenance is important in my work; some of the textiles used involve natural dyeing with native Australian flora and rusted objects scavenged from my farm.

“I also appreciate the importance of wool in Australia and work with a range of wool materials including wool suiting and wool fibre, which I felt by hand.”

Ms Sarah Mah will showcase evening wear designs as part of her ‘Iseki’ collection, which uses silk satin, silk crepe and leather, from her label WAH MAH MAH.

“For this collection I was inspired by human anatomy as well as the sculptural aspects of origami, and how I could create my own forms to mimic and symbolise the bone structure of our bodies,” Ms Mah said.

“Iseki translates to ‘remains’ from Japanese and draws from the influence of origami to explore the paradoxical nature of the human skeleton.

“Origami shapes are set against a backdrop of ethereal soft draped silk, rhythm and symmetry; where balance is found between different worlds.”

Ms Gibbs and Ms Mah will also have the opportunity to showcase their work to industry personnel through a Curtin University booth at the FACIT@INTRADE national and international trade exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, from 2-5 November. Here they will be able to network with other suppliers, manufacturers, designers, boutiques and potential buyers.

Malaysia Fashion Week (MFW) is an annual event, taking place this year on 2-5 November in Kuala Lumpur. This year’s series of fashion shows will feature designers from over 15 countries. More information about MFW can be found at