by Kevin Chong
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Hatta Dolmat

Renowned local fashion designer, Hatta Dolmat and the KL Young Designers Association (KLYDA) announced that they will be organizing the KL Young Designer Award 2021 together with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Jabatan Pendidikan Politeknik dan Kolej Komuniti  (JPPKK). 

The awards will be open to aspiring artists with less than one year of fashion design experience, be it – final year students or college graduates. This year, the competition will be themed ‘Exclusive Finest Sustainable Garment,’ challenging the contestants to make environmentally-friendly fashion products. 

The top ten finalists of the competition will be given the opportunity to present their sustainable collections at KLYDA GALA FINALE in November. The winner of the competition, however, will be able to showcase their winning collection at the Hatta Dolmat Earthrise Exhibition, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Water.

KL Young Designers Association (KLYDA) poster

The KL Young Designer Award 2021 provides the contestants with maximum exposure and opportunities on top of just being able to win cash prizes. Participants will be able to meet like-minded talents in multiple exhibitions that could potentially lead them to further development, employability, collaborations, and funding opportunities. On top of that, they also stand a chance to obtain a personal mentorship and business coaching session with MaGIC Malaysia and KLYDA. 

Additionally, the finalists will also receive a sustainable fashion educational package that will include hands-on experience on sustainable fashion materials, fashion design mentorship from Hatta Dolmat himself, exclusive KLYDA membership benefits from KL Young  Designer Association, startup business coaching, Fashion PR skills coaching, and collections verified by the Global  Recycled Standard.  

“I hope with the collaboration between Ministry of Higher Education and Jabatan Pendidikan Politeknik dan Kolej Komuniti (JPPKK) in the implementation of KLYDA, our fashion education system will soon break out of the bubble and start to be more responsible towards what we are doing. It’s never too late for us to change the way fashion is perceived and show the world that we too care about our nature, and this is impossible to be done alone, thus we should move collectively,” said Hatta Dolmat. 

The competition is open to submissions until 6 August 2021, visit www.hattadolmat.net/klydaward for more information. 

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