joe chia is the new kid on the fashion block and malaysia’s latest wunderkind. heralded by almost everyone who’s anyone in the asian fashion circle, from ny-based ford model/photographer brent chua to asian über models shir chong & danny lim to actress/show producer bella rahim, I knew we were destined to meet when I kept bumping into our mutual friends all over the world, and hearing his name dropped every corner I turned. and what an inspirational first meeting it was. jet-lagged and grumpy from a long flight, but committed to attending a showcase organised by the raffles design institute ( his alma mater ), I forced my weary carcass there, partly to show my support for the young designers and to also catch up with the industry. and guess who closed the show? I was a new fan from that day on.
at first glance, one would draw comparisons with rick owens and damir doma. and rightly so, for these designers greatly influence the young joe. but to stop there would be to do him the greatest disservice. looking at how his collections ( called “chapters” ) reflect his design sensibility, and his train of creative thought, one sees a deep sense of aesthetics and a unique craftsmanship that can only result from an artist with a strong mastery of his craft. joe drafts, cuts and sews every single piece of sample garment himself, a testament to his brilliant skill.
joe chia – the label – is androdynous, with a genius sizing system – 1 till 3 represent women’s small, medium and large, and 4 till 6 are men’s small to large.
my team and I have had the wonderful privilege of collaborating with joe on many different productions, and being dressed by him for many a fashion event. and his fan base continues to grow each day, with runway shows at tokyo, philippine and malaysia fashion weeks and amazing collaborations with the likes of uniqlo, casio gshock and the new paper new face.
joe chia is available at coda.co in singapore and ( for a limited time only ) at the “asian cult designers” pop-up at parco millennia walk.
styling the joe chia chapter 2 campaign with models aline thiel and tim devos joe chia at the new paper new face finals in singapore joe chia at fashion steppes out in singapore, for samsung my team and I, wearing joe chia at the on aura tout vu couture show; with jeannie mai at the french gala; backstage at hermes and at the asian international film festival in kuching