KUALA LUMPUR, September 17 – Miss Plus World Malaysia (MPWM), in partnership with Taylor’s University, will host its first-ever `Femme Luxe’ Fashion Show featuring a variety of sustainability and ready-to-wear evening gowns design on 18 September at Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur from 3pm to 7pm. This French-style Fashion Show will be featuring 13 Finalists of Miss Plus World Malaysia 2022 who will make appearances and walk on the ramp in classy evening gowns from the mixed Victorian Parisian style.

The models will be wearing two types of garments. One from Taylor’s University presenting classy outfits made of recycled materials and designed by several talented undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Fashion Design Technology (Honours) at The Design School, Taylor`s University. The second type of garments is from Glam22 Fashion Boutique that are also participating in the runway and will present a stunning collection of evening gowns for special function, events and parties.

All collections presented at this show will depict stylish yet comfy gowns worn by plus-size models who flaunt their luxe outfits while confidently walking on the runway. The objective of Femme Luxe fashion show is to celebrate, spread and promote “Body Positivity, Healthy Lifestyle and Sustainability through Fashion. The show will kick off under the theme: Body Positivity and Sustainability Revolved.

Among the Highlights of the event are: Red Carpet Met, Fashion Show, Afternoon High Tea, French Music Performance and Awards for the Best Fashion Designer. The award for the best fashion designer will be handed to the winner on stage by Her Royal Highness, Tengku Puan Panglima Perlis, Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan Binti Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj.

The opening ceremony will be officiated by Her Excellency Dr. Petra Ponevács-Pana, Ambassador of Hungary to Malaysia. National Director of MPWM, Ziinine Britshi said,” Dressing luxe is a form of graciousness and courteousness.” According to him, this fashion show is more than a mere showcase of luxurious or stunning evening gowns, but it`s an initiative and great catalyst to spread body positivity, healthy lifestyle, and sustainability through fashion.

We tend to contribute to finding the right solution to trash and pollutions by turning wasted fabrics into exclusive, valuable fashion, matching our current trends and world class development. Moreover, this fashion show which is featuring full-figured ladies will be a platform for spreading body positivity, boosting confidence and healthy lifestyle, as well as giving a chance for plus size models to show their worth and be engaged in the fashion industry too.

We noticed many plus size ladies feel like second class citizens, deprived from being in the fashion trends,” said Ziinine. The participating models are: Sherlyn Chan Seet Leng, Kulbir Kaur A/P Pindar Singh, Shalani Kaliappan, Ranjini Kalidass, Lim Ai Lyne, Nora Che Ee, Daia Nurhidayah Hashim, Sinthupriya, Amanda Jack, Chitrah Devi Ramani, Lam Man Teng, Ainani Syukriah Sanam, and Emilia Josephine Masiun. The participating Fashion Designers from Taylor’s University are: Julia Wey,Nurul Atiqah, Mutiara Dina, Shi Jin Ge, Low Feng Yie, Kristopher Toon, Marcus Liew, Steffi, Hasyimah Ismail, and Sharon Lee.

Taylor’s University Faculty of Innovation & Technology Executive Dean, Professor Dr David Asirvatham mentioned that its Fashion Design Technology students have shared their desire to design and produce garments for all shapes and sizes, and champion positive body image perceptions among youth.

“Through our partnership with MPWM, students are exposed to industry skills-sets and knowledge in designing sustainable plus size evening gowns. Their design and garment making journey is also well supported with the industry grade equipment we have at Mayamode, Malaysia’s first co-working fashion studio which is specifically designed for both the established and emerging fashion designers. Additionally, Taylor’s University together with MPWM will also be conducting a workshop on Body Image and Positivity to raise awareness of body image and address societal issues among Malaysian school children,” he said.

The event, which is organized by Media Path Ent., (Malaysia World News), an accredited media company based in Kuala Lumpur, will be filmed and streamed live by FTF Creators Studio Sdn Bhd.

 “Thanks to an amazing MPWM team and partners, sponsors, models, and creative, talented designers who are working so hard to make this French-style Fashion show a success,” added MPWM National Director.

Glam22 Fashion Boutique Managing Director, Talvin Kok said, “Femme Luxe Fashion Show is very important platform as it will not only promote our design and craftsmanship, but also attract many customers, business partners and establish cooperative relationships. More importantly, we want our ladies to look elegant and gorgeous, as our gowns are specifically designed for women of luxury, which matches the concept of ‘Femme Luxe’.”

According to Upcycle4Better (U4B) Head of Business Development, Andrew Jackson, U4B has donated over 25 rolls of fabric (raw recycled materials) for repurposing by the Taylor’s University students, as part of the collaboration between U4B, Life Line Clothing Malaysia, Taylor’s University and Miss Plus World Malaysia (MPWM). We are always happy to help the designers of tomorrow make more environmentally friendly choices when selecting their materials for events such as these. All the fabric that the students have used for this project has been diverted from our Malaysian Landfills.

Beyond sustainability, women empowerment and community support are key principles that we also value, as many of our home sewers across Malaysia are women and from everyday backgrounds. We have worked on a few projects with MPWM in the past and what we respect about the pageant is its advocacy for body positivity. In this collaboration, we hope that more pageants and event’s organisers come forward and consider sustainable alternatives in the future,” said Andrew.

The mission and vision of MPWM, which is the official preliminary to the international pageant Miss Plus World (MPW), is to celebrate and elevate plus size women`s beauty, confidence and intelligence, as well as promoting healthy lifestyle, humanitarian services, sisterhood and women empowerment. MPWM believes that all women are beautiful, inside and out and deserve a chance to promote those causes closest to her heart with a title worthy of her representation.

The Miss Plus World™ Pageant System is an organization devoted to celebrating the essence of the full-figured woman and giving her an avenue in which to pursue recognition and go to the international level,” said Ziinine. This fashion show is part of MPWM`s intensive programme which the finalists have to go through before going to the Grand Finale gala that is scheduled to be held end of this year. The winner of the national crown will represent Malaysia on the international stage at Miss Plus World 2023 which will be held in Atlanta, United States (USA) in August next year.