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Silvia Teh Wins Harper's BAZAAR's Fashion Designer Award 2015

Singaporean designer Silvia Teh beats nine other designers to win the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2015.

Hosted by Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore, along with its regional counterparts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, the Awards saw 10 young designers from the five countries vying for the top spot at the regional competition held at Ngee Ann City in Singapore on Saturday during Singapore Fashion Week (SFW) 2015.

After an exciting show to over 650 guests, the regional winner was announced and awarded to Silvia Teh, 22, from Singapore.  Her winning theme was “Javanese meets Japanese”.

Silvia Teh Wins Harpers Bazaars Fashion Designer Award 2015

Photo: SPH Magazines / Ashley Mak

“I’m ecstatic about my win. It’s been eight months, and I initially thought I couldn’t make it at the preliminary judging for the Singaporean contestants. Through the competition, I learnt how to do commercially viable designs. The first few sketches I did weren’t exactly so. After some feedback, I tweaked my designs and turned them into clothes that women would want to wear. Now that I’ve won, I’m thinking of opening a workshop. Every designer needs one,” said Teh.

Teh was also awarded a scholarship for a Master’s degree in fashion from the prestigious Istituto Marangoni worth GBP26,700 (S$56,430), in either its Paris, London or Milan campus, as well as the opportunity to retail her collection to a global market through online retailer Inverted Edge. Over and above all these, Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore also sponsored $10,000 cash for her living expenses during her scholarship period. (Read more about the competition here).

Kenneth Goh, Editor-in-Chief, Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore said: “The finalists are incredible talents. They have paid such attention to details right down to their business plans and marketing strategy. I hope Singaporean students and fashion colleges take this regional win as a stamp of approval from the Bazaar editors in Asia. That’s saying a lot because all the editors are well travelled and well versed in their own local fashion. For everyone to believe in Singaporean talent and to want it to succeed, I hope that it will give us a bigger and better pool of contestants to push out next year. We just have to believe that we are good – no not just good – we are winners!”

All 10 finalists’ collections will be showcased in the five sponsoring Asian editions of Harper’s BAZAAR. For event coverage, check out the August issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore at www.harpersbazaar.com.sg – which also has details of the next competition set to launch in July 2015.

A look again at Silvia Teh’s win in the Singapore leg of the Harper’s BAZAAR Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2015.