Giorgio Armani endorses Malaysian designer Edmund Ooi
The Italian icon will host the rising star's fashion show at his Armani/Teatro space during Milan Men's Fashion Week
Giorgio Armani has thrown his support behind Malaysian-born designer Edmund Ooi by announcing that he will host the up-and-coming menswear designer's show during Milan Men's Fashion Week at his Armani/Teatro space.
"This project aimed at supporting the next generation of designers, which started a few seasons ago, continues to fascinate me because it allows me to see some concrete results and to try to maintain a global perspective. Malaysian-born Edmund Ooi is the designer I chose for this season. I wish him a bright future," Giorgio Armani said in a statement.
After completing his studies in Malaysia, Edmund was honoured at the Malaysia International Fashion Awards with the Most Promising Designer Award and Best Avant-Garde Designer for a collection he created at the age of 19. He went on to train and work in Antwerp, where he is currently based.
"I am greatly honoured to have been chosen by Giorgio Armani to present my collection with a fashion show at his beautiful Armani/Teatro," Edmund said. "There are no words to describe the feeling and the gratitude for a young designer to have the opportunity to show the world your work and what you believe in."
Past designers to have been given use of Armani's theatre include Stella Jean, Andrea Pompilio and Julian Zigerli.
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