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10 fashion facts about Kuala Lumpur


A fascinating city, Kuala Lumpur is the creative and commercial hub of Malaysia and its most populous centre, too. It is also most definitely a fashion city. Check out our top 10 fashion facts about Kuala Lumpur

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1. In 2012, designer Faisol Abdullah created what was famously regarded as the world’s most expensive dress. Valued at more than $30m, the Nightingale of Kuala Lumpur was decorated with 751 diamonds totalling in excess of 1,000 carats. When he’s not attempting to break records, Abdullah is creative director of award-winning lifestyle brand Jendela KL.

2. Malaysia loves its shopping centres, and rightly so for internationally they are some of the best and biggest. Spanning 465,000 square metres, 1 Utama is one of the largest in the world. In the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Berjaya Times Square was recently called one of the most luxurious malls on the planet, thanks to its 1,000 shops and the amusement park at its centre.

3. Kuala Lumpur is increasingly regarded as one of the world’s great shopping cities thanks to its distinctive mix of luxurious malls, street vendors, designer flagships, traditional crafts and hip boutiques. Visitors should aim to experience them all.

4. Fashion is one of Malaysia’s major areas of business. The industry for fashion and textiles is worth more than RM10bn, or in excess of RM20bn when jewellery and footwear are included. 

5. Kuala Lumpur is now great for tax-free shopping, too. Since spring 2015 international shoppers are able claim back goods tax through Global Blue when they spend more than RM300 in a participating store.

6. Once the world’s tallest building, Petronas Towers is an impressive sight. It is also a great shopping location. At the base of the 88-storey, 452-metre landmark is the Suria KLCC shopping centre, which houses leading brands from Burberry and Louis Vuitton to Nikon and Sephora.

7. World-famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo is Malaysian. He made his first pair of shoes at the age of 11 and since then his name has become a byword for stylish, alluring shoes. He now concentrates on his Jimmy Choo Couture collection of handmade shoes for an exclusive clientele.

8. Designer Bernard Chandran has taken the international style set by storm, with angular creations for Lady Gaga and Estelle as well as designs for the royal families of Malaysia and Brunei. As a result, he’s now referred to as Malaysia’s king of fashion.

9. The exuberant creations of designer Dexter Wong have been spotted on major stars including David Bowie, Robbie Williams and members of U2. He has even created a collection for Topman called Lens.

10. Fashion weeks are relatively new in Malaysia but Kuala Lumpur already has two competing events that attract the country’s best fashion talent as well as leading brands from all over the world. The next Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week is on 12-16 August 2015, while Malaysia Fashion Week runs from 4-7 November.

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