Copper Island

Kandy, my favourite city in Sri Lanka. An impenetrable rock guards a kingdom, a sacred tooth gives power to its monarchy, a prophecy toughen the independent spirit of its people. Kandy enshrines one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhist world – the tooth of the Gautama Buddha. Esala Parade is one of the country’s most significant religious and cultural events, drawing crowds from all parts of the island to the city of Kandy every year. Now it’s also one of the most famous tourist attractions in Sri Lankan. My inspiration came mostly from dancing costumes that’s a part of this parade. The layers, volume, sillhouettes. Apart from the sillhouettes I was also inspired by pearls kandyan nobel women wore. Pearls is a part of the tradional Kandyan jewellery set. I have incorporated Pearls in almost every outfit in my collection, but in a mordern way. My collection is a mix of tradional details and modern details. This spring/summer collection is created using breathable and light fabrics. But towards the end of the collection I take a more hautecoture approach and that’s when alot of heavy fancy fabrics are used.

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Malki Mallawa Arachchige

Fashion is a big part of my culture, being exposed to a plethora of styles from a very young age, it showed me one’s individualism, identity and social status. Being an Italian with a Sri Lankan heritage, I was exposed to two different rich cultures and often found myself merging their styles to create something unique. In 2017, I enrolled to Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti in Milano (Naba) to pursue this dream. I am currently in my final year, designing my final collection. Throughout the years I have vastly improved my knowledge in pattern cutting, accessory design and graphic design.

Being Italian with Sri Lankan heritage, I was exposed to two beautiful cultures. with carrying those two backgrounds with me I want to reflect my own taste in fashion through my brand. Ethereal, simple yet sophisticated with ethical values. And a brand that celebrates all types of beauty.

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Beatriz Le De Matos