Published on January 13, 2016 | by ZALORA Team

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Singapore, 13th January; ZALORA, Asia’s online fashion destination, is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2015 ZALORA Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to one student from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. (See below for the full list of winners.)


Seven outstanding entries were selected from close to 200 applications submitted from tertiary institutions across the region. Currently in its first year, the ZALORA Scholarship, themed “The Science of Fashion,” is an initiative to attract and nurture passionate young individuals in the area where e-commerce meets fashion. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively and bring out the science behind fashion through compelling means. Winning entries were evaluated based on the insightful perspectives of the fashion industry, as well as the innovative incorporation of science into fashion.


The 2015 ZALORA Scholarship was met with strong enthusiasm and support from various tertiary institutions in the region, including University of Hong Kong, University Of Malaya and National University of Singapore. Recipients of the scholarship will be awarded S$3000 towards their tuition fees and a paid internship opportunity at ZALORA in May 2016.


This scholarship programme is a testament to ZALORA’s ongoing commitment to empower communities in which it operates through education and meritocracy.


Country Name School Excerpt From Entry
Singapore Mahalakshmi D/O Alaghimanvalan Singapore Institute of Management “The trending designs and style in the fashion world can be very much explained by the evolutionary theory of advantage traits where people get attracted to one another based on rarity.”
Hong Kong Lam In On The University of Hong Kong “Science is actually highly correlated with fashion. It encourages more high-tech and innovative products, more desirable dressing style and fashion, and more exchange of fashion ideas.”
Philippines Kurt Tan De La Salle University – Manila “Fashion is not just about glamour. Each piece of clothing one wears is designed to be sturdy and durable from the colour it possesses to the type of fabric it was made with.”
Vietnam Tô Vi Anh Foreign Trade University Hanoi “Smart clothing presents solutions for all: conductive gloves, stain and water repellent clothes, odour resistant or even aromatic clothes whose fabric exudes fragrances, then biomonitoring apparel for health and fitness, or clothes that change colours like a chameleon.”
Malaysia Chee Wen Wen Department of Communication and Liberal Arts “The evolution of fashion is never ending as humans tend to keep with the ‘trends’.”
Indonesia Hernina Tri Purna Hapsari Universitas Gadjah Mada “Teknologi memudahkan untuk memasarkan hasil dari produk-produk yang mereka ciptakan, terutama dibidang fashion. Ketika barang-barang fashion dikeluarkan secara online, maka pembeli akan melihat darisisi keunikannya. Maka jika fashion dan ilmu bertemu akan dapat menciptakan inovasi yang baru. Selain itu jika fashion dan ilmubertemu, maka produk-produk fashion yang dikeluarkan akan semakin berkualitas dan tidak menutup kemungkinan akan selalu menciptakan produk yang berkualitas tinggi dan memperhatikan detail-detailnya.”
Thailand Parattagorn Thanusorn School of Aviation Management, Air Traffic Management program “Without a doubt, the internet has essentially revolutionised commercialising the fashion industry in the digital age. Online fashion stores pop up every day. According to 4Ps marketing mix: products are still the same, but places are changed.”