Syomir Izwa Gupta is a well-known fashion designer whose work is truly astounding. Each of his collection are unique in their own way as he pays attention to detail and never fails to surprise us with his impeccable taste. From ready-to-wear, bridal and festive wear for Hari Raya (available on ZALORA), he is definitely one of the country's favourite fashion designers. Intrigued in getting to know more about this humble yet talented designer? Read our exclusive interview with him down below.
1. Do you remember the first outfit you designed? Describe it.
It was a dinner dress for my mom’s colleague when I was eleven years old.
2. How would you describe your sense of style?
Classically rugged, with a touch of prep.
3. What goes into your creative process when designing a new collection?
It involves whatever I’m into for the last six months before I present a collection.
4. What do you think sets Malaysian fashion apart from anywhere else in the world?
It’s our awareness and mix of community, and different heritage and cultural backgrounds while maintaining individuality.
5. What fashion trend do you think should never die?
60s inspired trends & colours.
6. What makes for good style?
The right amount of everything. Also, effort and attention to detail, but making it look effortless. Timelessness also makes for good style.
7. Your designs are sold online via fashion e-commerce retailers like Zalora. How do you think their support of your work has contributed to your growth as a Malaysian in fashion?
There’s a reason I’ve been with Zalora since 2014! They help me understand the market and my customers better. As a designer, it helps me to do better with each collection. The better each collection gets, the better sales get, and of course that widens my horizons.
8. What has been your proudest moment thus far as a Malaysian in fashion?
My proudest moment as a designer was presenting a collection that truly represented who I was during my debut at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.
9. Prints or Batik? Explain your choice.
Both — you can’t compare! Both have their beauty and speciality. I’m a fan of both as they involve two things I like — fun and heritage.
10. Which Malaysian icon would you love to dress?
Nurul Izzah Anwar.