STUDENTS at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Kampar campus recently had the opportunity to put their fashion creativity to the test.
Armed with recyclable items, they designed clothes which they then modeled in a fashion show competition as part of a series of activities held on September 3 to promote the importance of the 5Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Reuse and Recycle). .
Dubbed “R-Show in Kampar: 5R Fashion Show Design Competition”, the event, which was also held to commemorate the university’s 20th anniversary, was attended by 300 people.
The duo Mike Yong and Andy Choo topped the competition, beating six other groups, taking home RM200 and a laptop.
Yong said he designed the streetwear-inspired outfit, while Choo modeled it during the fashion show.
“We did not expect to be champions of the competition.
“We just wanted to share our creativity in fashion as we enjoy DIY things. Winning it is a bonus,” he said.
“We are grateful that the judges and audience loved the design,” he added.
Second and third prize winners won RM150 and RM100 respectively plus a laptop each.
Audience member Lau Pei Ying, 21, said the fashion show was unique and had great ideas that were outside the box.
“It was interesting to watch the designers explain their inspirations and plans in using recyclable items, while at the same time giving the message of recycling.
“It was a fashion show that I have rarely had the chance to see and I hope to see more similar events organized in the future,” she said.
UTAR competitiveness adviser and lecturer Diong Fong Wei said the idea of recycling is not new, but it is still important to continue to encourage it from one generation to the next.
“To instill the habit of recycling in the younger generation, we need to think of creative ideas like this fashion show.
“I hope our participants will know more about recycling now, especially the practice of the 5Rs,” Diong said.
Earlier in the day, 35 Bachelor (Hons) Public Relations students partnered with Kampar District Council to hold a recycling event on campus.
Workshops, talks and exhibitions were also held to promote the importance of the 5Rs in protecting the environment and reducing the rate of flash floods in the district.