SINGAPORE, 21 NOVEMBER — ASIA CONFERENCE 2008 hotted up this evening as a dazzling parade of couture, fantasy makeup and high style entertained the audience in Fashion Fiesta.
The 11 finalists, aged 19 to 46, of this highly anticipated costume and make-up competition were introduced at the beginning of the night with their makeup-free models. Following that, the contestants were promptly ushered into a makeup room where they were given 90 minutes to transform their models into catwalk creatures according to the theme of “The Orient”. Contestants were judged for their skills, creativity and originality. The results were phenomenal as each contestant drew inspiration from a variety of Oriental icons such as the peacock, dragon and geisha.
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The magnitude of talent and creativity displayed drew deafening cheers from the audience when the contestants came on stage with their transformed models. The models paraded on stage with elaborate headdresses, dazzling makeup and exotic costumes, before the panel of celebrity judges which included bridal couturier Frederick Lee.
“It is simply fantastic and unexpected that these contestants, most of them without experience, could churn out such results. All I can say is that these are very talented people,” commented Sharon Tan, former Miss Singapore Universe who is a judge for the competition.
At the end of it all, Serene Goh walked away with the first prize of S$600 worth of vouchers from Heeren Mall. Her model sported a sensual and elegant brocade gown, matched with makeup that created an intensely pretty and modern geisha. The elated winner said, “Joining this competition for the first time was a big step of faith. It was God who has given me creativity and seen me through the entire competition. Praise God!”