Spotted! Janis Nah

THE DESIGN

“Being very fascinated and interested in Japanese culture, my dress was born out of an adoration of the Japanese yukata or summer kimono,” says Fashion Design student Janis Nah. “I have always wanted to own a yukata as I find them supremely unique. So I decided to sew one for myself. I read up on yukatas and kimonos and how to wear them and decided to reinterpret the design and make a more wearable piece.”

Janis kicked up a soft pastel drop-waist dress, reserving the most surprising accent for the back: a playful obi bow. “This is to bring the attention towards the back of the dress with a simple design to complement it,” she explains. “I designed the dress with plus-size women in mind. By placing a big bow behind, the attention will be brought towards the back of the dress, playing down areas you want to disguise.”

THE DESIGNER

Janis Nah is a 17-old fashion student who piqued my curiosity at the Cuckoo Design Awards in October . She is in her first year at the Temasek Polytechnic School of Design, taking an Apparel Design and Merchandising course.

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