Sri Lanka’s only teen magazine celebrates a decade of showcasing the best design talent amongst youngsters today through its flagship show, the Chokolaate Mother Daughter Fashion Designer Contest. This year’s gala event will be held on 7th July at The Kingsbury.
While applications from aspiring designers were called, the preliminary rounds were held in March. From hundreds of applications, an elite panel selected 12 finalists to showcase their designs for real-life Mother-Daughter models.
Kithhara Yapage is a student at the NIBM School of Design. Kithara’s collection for the show will revolve around the concepts of multi culturalism and surrealism. She has drawn a lot of her inspiration for the collection from the paintings of New Zealand artist, Shane Cotton. Kithara also mentioned that a lot of flowy materials will be used throughout her collection with the hopes of capturing various human emotions.
Twenty year old, Senali Gamage is a student at the Raffles College of Design & Business. Her collection for the show is inspired by the horrendous act of ivory poaching and she hopes to bring more awareness to the topic through her pieces. However, the main motive behind the collection is to pay tribute to the tuskers that have died as a result of human greed.
Pavithra Pradeep is a twenty one year old student also from the NIBM School of Design. The theme behind his collection focuses on the Lotus Temple in New Delhi. He hopes to shed light on the similarities between the mother and daughter relationship and the relationship between sunshine and the blooming of the lotus flower. Aruna’s pieces will consist of a display of various colors and the two dimensional shapes of the Lotus Temple.
Tharangani Manivalan is a twenty five year old, studying at Mod’Art International Paris and also a designer at MAS Brands. Her collection will revolve around the concept of being you and being authentic. One of the features about her collection that will stand out is the fact that each piece in the collection will have two looks and the collection will encapsulate the art of transformable fashion in a very enlightening manner. Taramini believes that every individual has a subtle and kind side to them and also a strong and bold side and she hopes to capture these two sides by using flowers and architecture in her designs.
Emasha Wijesiriwardana is another twenty year old studying from the NIBM School of Design. Her collection is inspired by the national bird of Sri Lanka so there you can definitely expect to see a lot of features surrounding the Jungle Fowl. Life is colored by power is the theme for her collection. She hopes to capture the dynamics of the mother and daughter relationship through the colors displayed in her collection.
Vidyashini Selladurai is a twenty four year old, studying at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Her collection for the show is inspired by Evil Magic. She hopes to use the color black and portray the idea that you cannot judge a person from a distance. The theme for her collection is Clavicular Nox and she will be using a lot of three dimensional embroidery techniques to bring more depth to each piece in her collection.
Twenty three year old, Athsadhabarani Radhakrishnan is also a student at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Through her collection and her pieces, she wants to create a fusion between traditional and modern styles. The inspiration for the collection comes from Electromagnetic Waves and she hopes to use colors such sea green and orange rust in her collection. Throughout her collection, you will also notice the use of traditional embroidering techniques.
Hasini Rangani Priyangika is a twenty four year old studying apparel production and management at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Through her collection, she wants to capture the beauty of Lichen forests and she hopes to use various techniques such as needle punching and tie dye techniques.
Zidna Nashith is a twenty three year old, studying at the Couture Fashion & Training Center Sri Lanka. The collection for the show holds a personal meaning to Zidna as the theme of the collection, Reborn, speaks volumes about her struggles with finding her design style. The collection is largely inspired by water so you can definitely expect to see a lot of hues of blue alongside a number of other contrasting colors.
Pavithra Pradeep is a twenty one year old, also studying at the Couture Fashion & Training Center Sri Lanka. Her pieces for the show will comprise of an abaya collection and the inspiration behind the collection and the various pieces will come from the intricate features of Islamic architecture.
Ruwini Kulatunga is a past student at the Academy Of Design. Ruwini’s inspiration for the collection comes from her appreciation for the spring time. Her collection will comprise of vintage floral pieces that look very refreshing and beautiful.
To witness these designers and their inspired collections tickets for the grand finale will be out soon. Please contact Shamindri on 0775 021166 for more information.