Justin Chua, winner of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021 with Editor-In-Chief Kenneth Goh (Photo: Timothy Yap)

LASALLE College of the Arts alumnus Justin Chua is the winner of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021. 

After a five-month long journey for all the five finalists, the announcement was made at Design Orchard, Level 3 on Nov 25 (Thursday).

The panel of judges for Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021 (from left): BAZAAR’s creative director Windy Aulia, Co-founder of Beyond The Vines Rebecca Ting, designer Lai Chan, winner Justin Chua, GM of Chanel Communications Vanessa Lim and BAZAAR’s Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Goh (Photo: Timothy Yap)

Having presented a transformative collection consisting of gender-neutral clothing that can be altered in appearance for functionality or aesthetic purposes, Chua walked away with a year-long scholarship at Istituto Marangoni (worth £30,000) a cash prize of $10,000, a fashion spread in BAZAAR worth over $50,000 as well as the opportunity to develop his final year project into a full collection that will be sold in Design Orchard & Oneorchard.store by early next year.

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Justin Chua Crowned Winner Of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021
Justin Chua at Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021 final judging session.

On his win, Chua said: “This journey with Harper’s Bazaar has been meaningful in terms of discovering more about myself as a fashion designer. It has also allowed me to view the different possibilities of expanding my concepts and ideals through the brand that I want to create for others.”

“I am thankful for the mentorship and advice that has been given to me throughout this whole process. It has definitely helped me to reconsider certain aspects of the way I approach creative thinking and design which will be invaluable in the long run. I am excited for what’s to come and the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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Justin Chua Crowned Winner Of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021
Editor-In-Chief Kenneth Goh at Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021 final judging session.

Mr Kenneth Goh, Editor-In-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore said: “Justin truly embraces what consumers are looking for in design and fashion: Thoughtful pieces designed with ergonomic functionality in mind that are gender-neutral. His ingenious transformable designs cater to different needs and allow the wearer to inject their own personality and style into the clothes.”

“Justin showed great winning potential right from the start. The judges picked him to win in the end because he showed enthusiasm, integrity, passion and a solid business plan. He definitely has a promising future in fashion.”

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Justin Chua Crowned Winner Of Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021
Celebrated Singaporean fashion designer Lai Chan taking a closer look at Justin Chua’s creation at the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021 final judging session.

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The finalists for Harper’s BAZAAR Asia NewGen Fashion Award 2021 (from left): Sheree Toh, Mia Zhang, Justin Chua, Irene Calista Wiratma and Rabiatula’dawiyah Binte Ismail (Photo: Timothy Yap)

All the finalists underwent a two-month BAZAAR x CHANEL advisory programme focused on educating, inspiring and equipping the finalists with the right skills and knowledge on the different facets of the fashion industry. The collaboration between BAZAAR and CHANEL marks the first time an advisorship programme of this nature has been curated for the competition. Each finalist received individual advisorship—a virtual session on branding, marketing, products & analytics—as well as group advisorship—physical sessions hosted by BAZAAR and CHANEL on styling and visual merchandising. 

At the end of the mentorship, the finalists presented their brand business plans and as well as create a new look to commemorate BAZAAR’s 20th Anniversary.   

Kenneth Goh and Wendy Long (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Fiona Xie and Kenneth Goh (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Lila Tan and Windy Aulia (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Kenneth Goh and Esther Quek (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Kenneth Goh and Yoyo Cao (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Jamie QQ (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Bernadette Belle and Karisa Soekamto (Photo: Timothy Yap)
Rebecca Ting and Windy Aulia (Photo: Timothy Yap)

At the award ceremony at Design Orchard, guests such as Yoyo Cao, Wendy Long, Fiona Xie, Lila Tan, Jamie QQ, Bernadette Belle, Esther Quek, Karisa Soekamto, Rebecca Ting, Lai Chan and working partners of BAZAAR were also invited to look at the final outfit created by the finalists up close and personal, as well as celebrate Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore’s 20th anniversary.

Photo: Timothy Yap

A BAZAAR newsstand was also set up at the venue, where guests enjoyed traditional Asian snacks as well as cold-pressed juices from Antidote.

Photo: Timothy Yap