After weeks of dedication and hard work, Tran Thi Tu from Hanoi, Vietnam walked away being crowned the winner of the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017. The 24-year-old’s collection stood out amongst the rest and caught the eye of the judges.
Showcasing three looks at the KLFW Ready-To-Wear 2017 last Friday, Thi Tu incorporated Vietnamese traditional elements by combining unique ceramic motif in a classic yet modern silhouette.
We managed to have a chat with the Hanoi born young designer on her collection and future plan:
What’s the story behind it your collection?
As part of the criteria of this competition, I had to go with the ASEAN theme. I chose Hanoi as my focus destination. I wanted to capture the beautiful tradition in the capital city and make them trendy. Which is why I’ve created three looks that embody the traditional elements with a modern take for that unique factor.
What was the source of inspiration for it?
The collection is based on the traditional Vietnamese pottery specifically the ceramic. It’s quite different from other ceramic pieces out there. The ceramics here are rough in the pattern and surface which makes it special. So I decided to mix and match the ceramic design and trendy style for my pattern.
What are some of the struggles you’ve faced with the collection?
I mostly had to work alone throughout this competition, There were a lot having to work through different processes by myself. Besides that, in Hanoi, there’s not a lot of materials and fabrics available to choose from to produce the looks that I envision, so I had to opt to source them out from other cities. Which contributes to my money constraints.
What are your plans after this?
I’d like to continue my studies and pursue a Master’s degree to gain more knowledge perhaps something in business before I can continue to focus on designing.
Thi Tu walked away with a confirmed show to at KLFW RTW 2018 featuring their full collection and a year-long mentorship from the KLFW RTW team. Besides that, she is also getting an RM25,000 sponsored by FashionValet to produce her capsule collection which will be sold on fashionvalet.com. Apart from that, the grand winner is getting a 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points, a six-page fashion spread in AirAsia’s Travel3Sixty inflight magazine, a special feature in FEMALE Malaysia magazine and a pair of AirAsia return flights.
The finale saw all 20 finalists from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Philipines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia featuring their three looks sashayed down the KLFW RTW 2017 runway.
Look out for our special feature on Tran Thi Tu coming out in print soon!