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Second prize winner Charis Tan with her modest wear creation. (PHOTO: MDIS)
Second prize winner Charis Tan with her modest wear creation. (PHOTO: MDIS)

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth, the Royal Commonwealth Society collaborated with fashion students from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) to champion the message of sustainability through an avant-garde themed fashion show. A total of 12 fashion students showcased their creations at the British High Commission on Monday (11 March), which was hosted by British High Commissioner to Singapore, His Excellency Scott Wightman.


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Mr. Wightman said, “Our theme for 2019 is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, which encourages collaboration to protect the environment and drive sustainability. The Royal Commonwealth Society of Singapore’s partnership with MDIS students speaks to many aspects of the Commonwealth’s focuses. It showcases how we can each do our part for sustainability and encourages youth to step up in thinking creatively about the issue.”

*In a corrected release, Charis Tan is second-prized winner.

Of all the 12 participants, the top three winners wowed judges with their creativity and unexpected ways of using the medium: Singaporean student Charis Tan won second placing, while Noh Yubin won third placing, followed by first-prize winner Khvan Mariya.

Ms. Anne Wightman, spouse of the British High Commissioner to Singapore and one of the judges, said, “The students went with the themes and requirements given to them and showed creativity and originality in their works. We can even imagine wearing some of these designs!”

Ms Alda Ntezilizaza, spouse of the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to Singapore, elaborated on the judges’ impression of the students’ designs, “They proved that modest wear can look really stylish. We like the mix of design that ranges from bold looks to something more muted and classical.”