Singapore’s Andrew Low has been crowned the winner of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Design Award. For showing a collection that mixed utilitarian codes, tailoring and a smorgasbord of prints and patterns, he walks away with a cash prize of $10,000 and a year-long scholarship at Istituto Marangoni.
“It’s so surreal that this is happening,” Low exclaimed backstage. “It’s been a journey and I learnt so much along the way, such as balancing creativity with the commercial aspects of fashion.”
“Andrew showed great winning potential right from the start,” explained Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, Kenneth Goh. “The judges picked him to win in the end because he showed honesty, integrity and incredible tailoring in his collection.”
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Held in collaboration with Swarovski, and supported by Zalora, the latest edition of NewGen saw contestants from India, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand compete for the top prize. Over the course of the competition, the eight finalists were also mentored by a panel of editors and established designers, who not only helped refine the point of view of these emerging talents, but also expose the them to inner workings of the industry.