Local fashion designer, Dato’ Sri Benard Chandran was Malaysia’s sole representative at the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange!
A sneak peak of the amazing looks being created for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. Participating designers and artisans will collectively represent all 52 commonwealth member countries. The looks created through the #FashionExchange will be showcased at a special reception at Buckingham Palace during London Fashion Week in February in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and HRH The Countess of Wessex. The looks will then move to a public exhibition at Australia House on February 21st, and other locations in London in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, April 2018. @Swarovski @thewoolmarkcompany @MATCHESFASHION @theroyalfamily @britishfashioncouncil @commonwealthfashion @buildanest @googleartsculture #FashionExchange
The first-time event was held on 19th February 2018 at the Buckingham Palace, London and featured designers and artisans from across the Commonwealth alongside guests from the fashion world.
Pretty impressive huh! And he even got to meet The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton! WHAT AN HONOR!!!
Posting to his Instagram, he captioned the photo, ” SHE WANTS TO KNOW MORE”.
When asked how he felt about being the sole representative for Malaysia in an interview by Buro247, he said that he was honoured to represent Malaysia, his home, on such a prestigious platform. He also said, ” I am excited to showcase a design that incorporates elements of tradition and cultures of Malaysia in a new light. I have explored with textures and materials that included the songket—a traditional Malaysian brocade textile that is usually hand-woven, and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads, favoured mostly by the royalties.”
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, created by Livia Firth’s Eco-Age, comes together for a first time initiative that celebrates both established and emerging design and artisan fashion talents across 52 countries and is hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.