Synthesis Fashion Show
Synthesis Fashion Show: Fusion of Bahraini and Malaysian Cultures
In conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations and
under the patronage of Her Excellency Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed AlKhalifa,
President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), the Embassy of
Malaysia and the Royal University for Women held Synthesis Fashion Show, on
Thursday, December 5 th , 2019, at 7.00 pm at the Bahrain Conference Centre, Crowne
Plaza Hotel, Manama.
HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed AlKhalifa stated that “fashion through the fusion of the
two cultures in the form of clothing and cultural expression is an excellent opportunity to
celebrate the milestone of 45th Anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations. It
exemplifies the close relationship Bahrain has built with Malaysia throughout the past 45
years- and many more to come.”
HE Shaikha Main bint Mohammed Al Khalifa delegated Mrs Huda Al Alawi, Director of
Communications & Promotions in Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities to attend
HE Ambassador Agus Salim Yusof expressed his appreciation to HE Shaikha Mai bint
Mohammed AlKhalifa for her acceptance to be the Patron, and to the Royal University
for Women for coming up with the idea to organise this wonderful show, as an event to
mark 45 th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Relations
between Malaysia and Bahrain have developed in various areas throughout the years
including cultural exchanges. Through this event, one aspect of culture of both countries
was given the prominence.
Dr. David Stewart, President RUW, is honored and very happy to be working with the
Embassy of Malaysia and his Excellency Ambassador Agus Salim bin Yusof to
celebrate the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-Bahrain Diplomatic Relations. The rich,
multicultural nature of both countries provides a context which will make this fashion
show very unique and exciting.
Dr Mona Suri, the Academic Vice President who initiated the close ties between RUW
and the Malaysian Embassy in 2010 sees this as an excellent opportunity to link
academic and diplomacy through the strong cultural ties.
Designs on the stage showcased a synthesis of the traditional wear of the two
countries. Each collection was an appreciation of beauty, handicraft and accessories
from Malaysia and Bahrain. There were in total five collections named as “Budaya”- a
collection of traditional Malaysian costumes along with accessories and head pieces
were presented which reflected the richness of the Malaysian culture. The collection
contained different styles wore by Men and Women in Malaysia. “Jalwa”- was another
collection showcasing traditional Bahraini women costumes and accessories. The
collection contained different styles of Jellabiya for women inspired from the traditional
Bahraini Thawb and embroidered with traditional motifs in golden and silver threads.
“Roots”- Contemporary traditional wear, and “Ubiquitous”- All time wear, showcased an
amalgamation between the Malaysian and Bahraini traditional costumes to create a
collections, inspired by Malaysian fabrics and traditional Bahraini silhouettes and vice
versa. Some of the designs were made from Malaysian Batilk and Songket mixed with
materials and accessories from Bahrain and Malaysia. The last collection of the show-
“Panache”- Elegant evening wear, was a mesmerizing collection showcasing a draped
collection to reflect the richness in both the cultures.
So from pure traditional wear, to trendy casual wear and evening wear, this show
presented the creative extravaganza of the students and alumnae of Bachelor of Arts in
Fashion Design, College of Art and Design, Royal University for Women, Riffa, Bahrain.
Royal University for Women is the first private, purpose-built, international University in
the Kingdom of Bahrain. The College of Art and Design is a home to some of the most
exciting, creative and innovative programmes at the university. It offers- four
specialisations at UG level namely Fashion Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design,
and Architectural Design. At the post graduate level we have Masters of Design
Management and Masters of Fine Art in Drawing & Painting. Both Masters’ programmes
are first of their kind in this region, designed with high placement potential and to create
effective, efficient and pro-active professionals.
The collections for this show were created under the able supervision of the Design
team at RUW, under the Deanship of Dr. Shweta Kinra, and team of Dr. Nessreen
Elmelegy- Head-Design, Dr. Nidhi Goyal and Ms. Noora Albinfalah.
The show was attended by dignitaries’ diplomats, guests, students and academics.
The show was supported by Awal Press, ALDO and ALDO accessories, Four square,
Diva Saloon, and Inglot.