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Acclaimed designer launches new collection at festival

Acclaimed designer launches new collection at festival Lakemba-based fashion designer, Amalina Mardiyah Aman, has showcased her exquisite designs around the world, including New York Fashion Week. No  

​Lakemba-based fashion designer, Amalina Mardiyah Aman, has showcased her exquisite designs around the world, including New York Fashion Week.

And now, the internationally acclaimed designer will use the Haldon Street Festival as her runway, when she launches her 2017 Spring and Summer collection.

Ms Aman said her love for modest fashion began at a young age when she could not find anything fashionable to wear.

"Being a Muslim girl, it was hard to find fun, colourful or trendy clothes to wear, so I decided to study at the Whitehouse Institute of Design and FBI Fashion College, and begin my own custom line," she said.

In 2011, Ms Aman’s career was launched into the stratosphere when she was invited to exhibit her collection at the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"I was the first Australian Muslim designer to feature a collection overseas, which was huge because it opened my designs up to international markets," she said.

"Since then, I’ve travelled all over the world to places like Indonesia, London and New York, showcasing my designs and creating one-off pieces for clients."

Although many think that modest fashion is just for modern Muslim woman, Ms Aman said the modest clothing industry attracted all types of cultures and religions, and was booming.

"I design my clothes for all women who want to show a little less skin but still feel beautiful and attractive," she said.

"I put a huge emphasis on patterns that reflect Bohemian hippie and gypsy chic, and I rarely create more than three of the same piece of clothing, to keep that exclusivity of the label."

Ms Aman said she was looking forward to launching her latest line at the Haldon Street Festival later this month.

"It’s one of my favourite days of the year because, unlike a normal runway, I get to showcase my designs to thousands of people," she said.

"I’m also from Lakemba and have my shop there, so it’s nice to give something back locally when I can."

The Haldon Street Festival will be held on Saturday 28 October, from 10am-4pm. For more information, visit

To view Ms Aman’s deisgns, go to

 30/11/2017 3:33 PM