Cancer survivors take to the runway at Islamic Fashion Festival
Cancer survivors take to the runway at Islamic Fashion Festival in a bid to give other women 'hope and opportunity'
It was a fashionable affair in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur today, as cancer survivors took to the runway in a show organised by an NGO and held during the Islamic Fashion Festival.
Malaysian designers such as Calvin Thoo, Salikin Sidek and Jarumas were among the names to support the event, which also saw pieces by creatives from Singapore and Indonesia appear on the runway.
According to a local newspaper, the event - named Giving Hope, Touching Hearts - was also intended as an experimental form of therapy which doctors hope will boost the morale of the women.
The event was organised by non-governmental organisation Pink Unity in support of women cancer survivors and was watched by Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, the wife of the Sultan of Perak, a state within Malaysia.
During the event, the glamorously dressed women strutted the catwalk in brightly coloured garments embellished with intricate beading, studding and feathers.
Among them was Salmah Stewart, herself a cancer survivor and now president of Pink Unity, who said events such as the catwalk show give women hope and opportunity.
Speaking to Malaysian paper,The Sun Daily, the inspirational survivor said: 'We hope to drive home the message that despite facing challenges, cancer survivors can still look and feel good.'
Malaysia's Islamic Fashion Festival is keen to promote diversity and features more than 250 designers and labels from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, including those from Cameroon, France, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Palestine and Singapore.
Designers include Etro of Italy, Zang Toi of New York, Hindi Mahdi of Paris, Biyan of Jakarta, Milo of Bali, Melinda Looi and Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi of Kuala Lumpur, and the global brand Swarovski.
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