Malaysia’s slow fashion

When it comes to the realm of fashion, it’s undeniable that movements and fashion are inseparable. Fashion has always been a symbol of movements and beliefs as “you are what you wear”. The simplicity of fashion being able to band people together on a common cause is one that should be taken seriously. 

Fashion has also played a crucial role in equalising the male and female social status as well. In America, in the late 60’s, women’s fashion design was then experiencing a change where women are dressing according to how they would want. In this context, women’s dressing would pave the way for how modern women dress as well. 

Back then, women are also gradually breaking the norms of them dressing and “not showing skin”. That is essentially seen as the male gender controlling and suppressing the women’s voice and rights. Brave women as well as fashion strengthened the avenue of the feminism movement. 

With that and in current times, fashion is diverse and a statement by the wearer of how they wish to dress and possibly their political leanings as well. Which makes fashion even more interesting and expressive for the wearer. As of now, environmentalism is a very big movement around the world and slow fashion advocates the manufacturing of clothes with respect to people, environment and animals. 

A new breath of life


Malaysian fashion retailer, Samantha Yong, 30 has been selling and recycling vintage kimonos for the past year. She also has been upcycling traditional Japanese garment into blouses, tote bags and waist belts. It was only later that Samantha realised that she was importing trash from Japan due to the damaged vintage kimonos that she receives. 

However, she and her business partner decided to salvage the fabrics to upscale them into new items. The duo’s effort to upscale damaged kimono’s plays very clearly into the slow fashion movement due to them not throwing out damaged fabrics but instead upscaling them into useful items. 

Although an effort by a single person may not seem much in this case but it’s slowly becoming a trend to respect the materials and environment.