The latest edition of Harper's Bazaar Asia NewGen Fashion Award has just wrapped, with the top prize going to Justin Chua, a recent BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts.
The 25-year-old took home a $10,000 cash prize, a scholarship for a master's degree course at the London campus of Istituto Marangoni worth £30,000 (S$55,000), a fashion spread in Harper's Bazaar, and the opportunity to develop his final-year project into a full collection.
Now in its eighth year, the award started as an initiative to discover and nurture the region's best new design talent. The finalists of the NewGen Fashion Award 2021—all from LASALLE—were shortlisted on the strength of their graduate collections, before they created an exclusive one-off look for the award.
"Justin has a clear vision and he doesn't veer from it. It's important to understand what your brand is about and what it stands for. His values were consistent with his designs, and his tailoring and craftsmanship were good for someone who did it by himself," said Kenneth Goh, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Singapore.
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