Creating clothes from ‘Digital Waste’

MALAYSIA’s first-ever fashion competition featuring repurposed IT products was organised by The Mines Shopping Mall in collaboration with IT Comp and Limkokwing University of Technology.

Through the “IT’s Recycled Fashion Competition”, 11 finalists from Limkokwing University showcased their garments made from used IT items on a fashion runway in the mall to a panel of judges.

The judges were Limkokwing Fashion Club managing designer Pedram Mirsadeghi, IT Comp founder and adviser Sharon Goh and CapitaLand’s The Mines marketing communications manager Paulin Lim.

The recycled items ranging from used PCs, laptops, keyboards, CDs, mouse and cables to hard disks were provided by retail partner IT Comp.

Kesheen Regunathan from Malaysia emerged as the champion with his creation “Reflection on Technology”.

Kesheen, a second-year student pursuing a bachelor’s honours degree in fashion design at Limkokwing University, created a avant garde dress made from used and broken CDs, keyboard keys and cables.

He walked away with RM3,000 cash vouchers.

First runner-up winner Ashanth Kithsiri De Silva, also from Malaysia and a first-year undergraduate student in fashion design from Limkokwing University, made a garment from CDs, computer chips, PVC, screws and wires. His winning creation entitled “Fantasy in Technology” earned him a RM2,000 cash voucher prize.

Second runner-up winner Valentina Frista Temarang from Indonesia won RM1,000 with her creation entitled “Moon Palace Immortal” which was based on the hero character in “Mobile Legends”, a mobile phone game. The final-year student is studying for a bachelor’s degree in fashion and retailing.

Meanwhile, third runner-up winner Farzaneh Rostami from Iran created her garment “Spaceship and Alien”. She won cash vouchers from The Mines worth RM700.

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Other consolation prize winners each received Razer Gaming Headset and T-shirts worth RM599.

The six consolation winners and their winning creations were: Ngo Thuy Kha (Vietnam) with “Gadgets & Environment”; Nur Syakinah Gabrielle (Malaysia) with “Relationship Between Man & Technology”; Ethel Chong Yun Xiu (Malaysia) with “Traditional in Modernity”; Siti Maisarah Saifuddin (Malaysia) with “The Firewall”; Vishaliny Gorinda Nair (Malaysia) with “Molecular Structure of Atoms”; Aliya Noor (Bangladesh) with “Technology or Nature”; and Nada Amr Ramadan El Sayed (Egypt) with “Cyber Bullying”.

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