Fashion Designers Beloved by Malaysian Royalty and Beyond
After listing out the fashionable Malaysian Royalty and members of the royal family, let’s take another look into celebrated fashion designers whose designs are adored by the royal family. From traditional outfits to bolder and daring pieces, these fashion designers have caught the eyes of many with their collections.
Many of their creations have helped to shape the vibrant fashion landscape in Malaysia that we see today. In fact, their names are aspirational to new-gen designers. Be it high-end haute couture to the more accessible, ready-to-wear outfits, take fashion inspirations from the cream of the crop. Without further ado, here’s the list of Malaysian designers whose outfits were loved by members of the royal family.
Taking inspirations from his background of a Mal-Indo (Malaysian and Indonesian) heritage, Jovian Mandagie is well known for his lavish couture designs. Besides high fashion, the designer also boasts of a more affordable, ready-to-wear range with sophisticated modest-wear designs.
In 2008, the Queen of Malaysia at the time, Her Majesty Tuanku Nur Zahirah, graced Jovian Mandagie’s La Reign collection at Islamic Fashion Festival. The designer also collaborated with Johor princess, Tunku Tun Aminah for a special collection featuring Her Highness’ style and character.
The 21-piece collection was released in March last year, and part of the profits was donated to Cerebral Palsy Johor. Family man Mandagie shares a lot about his personal life and upcoming projects on his Instagram @jmandagie.
The “King of Fashion”, Malaysian designer Bernard Chandran showcases bold styles and Eastern cultural inspirations in his collections. A forth-runner in Malaysian’s fashion scene, the designer has numerous recognitions and accolades. In 2007, Chandran’s contributions to the fashion landscape had earned him a conferred Dato (knighthood) by the Sultan of Pahang.
His clientele ranges from international celebrities like Lady Gaga and Estelle to Brunei and Malaysian royalty.His couture works could be found in runways around the globe, and his ventures documented on his Instagram @bernardchandran. One can also find tidbits of Chandran’s daily life, loving family and behind the scenes on the same account.
Award-winning designer Melinda Looi weaves art and fashion together. Having three different brands under her belt, Melinda Looi Couture, Melinda Looi Prêt-à-Porter, and MELL, her designs are bold avant-garde with bohemian vibes. Think vibrant prints and edgy asymmetrical cuts, evident even in her more affordable fashion lines. Looi also runs a fashion initiative ‘Emel by Melinda Looi‘, featuring ready-to-wear pieces. Part of the proceeds from this brand is donated to a selected charity every year.
Her designs were graced by Tunku Jamie Nadzimuddin and Sarimah Ibrahim during their Game of Thrones-inspired wedding reception. Looi runs a photo diary on her Instagram, perfect for fans who want to follow on her journey.
Jamil Sukaimi features tradition handiwork at its best. With personalized measurements and careful detail in their hand-sewn work, Jamil Sukaimi is the to-go man for quality Baju Melayu. Most recently, he designed six outfits for Dennis Muhammad Abdullah at his royal wedding with Tunku Tun Aminah. With designs approved by the Johor Sultan himself, this designer is definitely one who knows his in-and-outs of the traditional Teluk Belanga.
Bonus: Jimmy Choo
An international name, Jimmy Choo’s shoes are widely popular among high society, Hollywood and even the beloved, late Princess Diana. ‘Choos’ even became a synonym with quality shoes at one point in time. After the designer’s departure from the co-founded brand, ‘Jimmy Choo’ remained to be a favourite.
The designer now goes by his full Chinese name, Zhou Yang Jie. His designs might not be as commercially available as it used to be, but Zhou continues to inspire and create new designs.
Zhou has been conferred the title of ‘Datuk’ for his breakthrough in fashion. He also owns an Instagram @profjimmychoo where he documents his travels.
Which of the above designers have your favourite style? Don’t miss some of their ready-to-wear collections, available online via their individual sites or on Zalora. Any other designers that you have your eyes on that’s not on our list? Let us know!