Fashion Design Ambition

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016

I had a childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer but it never really came to fruition, but I want to encourage all you designers out there to make a difference in this world! And go out to design fabulous clothes!

Just make sure to include plus sizes into your designs ya!!!
I can help you sell at – Plus Size Fashion
Hahaha… Serious!

Do watch my video where I have shared some personal thought and memories. This video is all about my experience and childhood ambitions that has shaped what I am doing today!

So hope you enjoyed my personal message & join the competition to make all of us proud!

Here are the details on the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 with KLFashionweek

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 Expands to 6 ASEAN Coutries

The AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search (AARRDS) goes regional this year with the competition expanded to include Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines, apart from Malaysia to provide a platform for young aspiring designers from around the region to showcase their talents and help catapult them into the fashion industry.

This designer search, which is being held for the second time is in collaboration with the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear (KLFW RTW) team and was launched by Ms Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad in Kuala Lumpur today together with Mr Andrew Tan, Founder of KLFW RTW.

Audition rounds will be held in Jakarta (16 April), Manila (23 April), Kuala Lumpur (30 April), Singapore (7 May) and Bangkok (14 May) to discover local talents from each regional city, and the Top 3 from the respective cities will represent their country during the Grand Finale in August on the prestigious KLFW RTW 2016 runway.

Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “There is so much talent in this region, and as a truly Asean brand, we want to expand this designer search to other countries apart from Malaysia. We hope to provide all aspiring young fashion designers across Asean with a platform to empower and catapult their careers in the fashion industry. This regional designer search will be unparalleled and bring together the region’s fashion talents and industry for the first time on this scale. We look forward to see new talents this year and AirAsia is proud to be part of their journey.”

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search unveiled its panel of judges consisting of Aireen Omar, Andrew Tan, Vivy Yusof, Alia Bastamam and Suzie Adnan.
Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready to Wear shared, “It is such an honour to share this important platform with AirAsia – to foster new talents and giving these designers the opportunity to present their collection and creativity on a professional runway. We are thrilled to be working with AirAsia for the second time, following last year’s success for the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search; and to bring this year’s competition to another level.”

Both Aireen Omar and Andrew Tan will be part of the panel of judges for this year’s AARRDS 2016, with Vivy Yusof, owner of renowned fashion e-commerce site, Alia Bastamam, top fashion designer and Suzie Adnan, Editor-in-Chief of GLAM magazine joining the panel for the Malaysian auditions.

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016
AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016

This designer search is open to local or international students, 28 years of age or below, and currently studying or have graduated from fashion design schools in any of the five countries included in this search. Three (3) women’s ready-to-wear sketches inspired by Asean destinations are to be submitted with the complete registration form available at Submission deadline is by 12 April 2016.

Throughout the audition rounds in each country, potential young designers will have to present their vision and sketches of Asean-inspired designs to the panel of judges in each city. The Top 3 finalists chosen from each country will have their collection featured at the KLFW RTW 2016 runway this August 2016 and compete for a chance to be AirAsia’s Most Promising Designer 2016.

Prizes worth at least RM350,000 awaits the winner of this competition including a confirmed show segment to showcase his or her full collection at KLFW RTW 2017, mentorship from the KLFW RTW team; RM25,000 sponsored by FashionValet to produce a capsule collection and sold on, 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points, AirAsia or AirAsia X flights, as well as many other prizes which will be announced soon.

Lookout and follow the development of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 via webisodes on Youtube (, and other updates via Twitter ( and Facebook ( or our social media hashtag #AirAsiaRunway.

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 Audition Schedule

Date Location

16 April 2016 Jakarta, Indonesia

23 April 2016 Manila, Philippines

30 April 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

07 May 2016 Singapore

14 May 2016 Bangkok, Thailand



  • Alan Lim Reply

    Wonder I can go try my luck or not, as the oldest model in Malaysia.

    I better remain become Fashion Photographer…

  • Ortolana Clare Reply

    I absolutely love Plusify, but unfortunately I’m not a fashion designer. haha Will share this with some of my friends tho!

  • rose Reply

    Bravo for your perseverance and determination. Good luck in the big stage.

  • Jacqueline Khoo Reply

    Wow, the grand prize really attractive! Go go go! All the best to you 😉

  • Bella Enveeus Reply

    This is awesome. And the prizes are totally worth it. Hope the winner at the end of this all will be someone who’s not only amazing artistically but also individually. 🙂

  • Joyce Reply

    Ok, will tell my friends who are still studying in college. Thanks for making this announcement!

  • Miera Nadhirah Reply

    All the best babe… go ahead and make your dreams come true.. I support you and look forward to your own designs for women like us…who are plus sized…

  • Qian Reply

    thanks for the information. am going to share this with my designer friend. not only they can get the prizes, but also exposure, a great event.

  • Farena Reply

    Wow this looks exciting. A nice initiative by Air Asia promoting young aspiring designers. Bravo!

  • Jane Reply

    Cheryn, I think you should join instead. You had the potential. Good luck.

    • Cheryn Tan Reply

      Hahaha, thanks. but I don’t think I can handle the extra load right now. But I do hope alot of people join!

  • Amelie Yap Reply

    It was my ambition too, of being a fashion designer when I was younger! I truly believe that everyone can dress up pretty-ly regardless on their shape and size.

  • Betty Reply

    I will share this to my friends that which to be designer. I have not sense in designing clothes but i will support our local designer.

  • Arisa Reply

    Joined this last year, was wondering if I should give it a try again because I was close to being the finalist the last round 🙁

  • Miriam Reply

    Are you joining it babe? If you are, all the best to you!! Great to see how you are going for your dreams

  • Rod Reply

    If you are participating, all the best.

  • Baz Reply

    This is a good startup for someone who loves fashion but yet don’t know how to become a fashion designer! Looking forward for the contest!

  • Pooja Kawatra Reply

    Nowadays all the big brand are associated with new events happening and make it so popular.

  • Shubhada Reply

    Looks like an amazing initiative. All the best to you!

  • Sunshine Kelly Reply

    All the best, I will support you to go for your dream.

  • Leona Reply

    got age limit? join la if you can it should be an awesome experience.

  • Ivy Kam Reply

    Interesting collaboration event, can’t wait to see all the beautiful designs 🙂

  • Rawlins GLAM Reply

    All the best. I know you can do it.
    Believe in your own strength and excel in it.

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