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IIFW 5.0 Lights Up Ipoh at Royal Charity Gala Dinner

by Anne Das

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Ipoh’s social calendar reached a crescendo as the Royal Perak Golf Club’s Jubilee Ballroom played venue to the dazzling International Ipoh Fashion Week (IIFW) 5.0 Charity Royal Gala Dinner. This star-studded affair seamlessly blended glamour and philanthropy, transforming the space into a runway of vibrant cultural tapestry.

The evening kicked off with an air of excitement, highlighted by the presence of celebrities, fashion aficionados, and a touch of royal elegance as Her Royal Highness Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, along with members of the Royal Family, graced the event.

Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Perak Darul Ridzuan, Tuanku Zara Salim graced the IIFW 5.0 event with members of the Royal Family.

More than 80 models, a mix of local and international talents, took centre stage. The Jubilee Ballroom at the Royal Perak Golf Club was transformed into a runway of dreams, featuring the creations of over 10 designers and brands from around the globe, including Indonesia, Singapore, Nepal, China, and Malaysia.

“The Effervescent’ Francis Yip – STYLO Fashionista Award 2019 Winner. His special appearance added a touch of celebrity glamour, elevating the audience’s experience.
Sha-Nad Studio x R3TTE
Khair Johari
Lucky Seven
Community College Batu Gajah
HSDO – Hairdressing Skills Development Organisation

IIFW  brings together local and international fashion talents, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their creative flair on the largest stage in Ipoh’s fashion calendar.

IIFW prides itself on its commitment to nurturing emerging talents, and this year’s event was no exception. Designers like Farel Mikhail x Precious of Malaysia, UITM, Kolej Komuniti Batu Gajah, Khair Johari from Perak, Rohacraft, Sha_Nad Studio, Lucky 7, and FM@Cheongsam to name a few, showcased their exquisite designs.

Exquisite designs by Nepal’s fashion luminary, Manju Dhakal, brings her diverse creations to IIFW, showcasing her unique formal wear designs.  She is also the official designer for Miss Universe Nepal 2023.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, the evening held a deeper purpose. The proceeds from the charity dinner, totaling RM36,183, were generously donated to Hospital Sri Manjung. A standout moment came from veteran singer Datuk DJ Dave, who not only entertained the audience with a rendition of three songs but also donated his entire fee of RM10,000 to the same beneficiary.

The Gala served as a vital platform to generate funds for critically needed medical facilities, offering hope and support to children and their families facing medical challenges. Last year, the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh received RM104,000 worth of medical equipment purchased from funds raised through the IIFW 4.0 Charity Gala Dinner. This year’s focus is on supporting the Paediatric High Dependency Unit (PHDU) at Hospital Seri Manjung in Seri Manjung, Lumut, Perak.

Highlight from the IIFW Royal Charity Dinner, contributing to the Paediatric High Dependency Unit at Hospital Seri Manjung.

Founded by Louis Sebastian in 2017, IIFW has evolved into a global sensation, boasting followers from 87 countries on their website. The success of IIFW lies not just in its glamorous runway but in its ability to create a platform where cultures collide, traditions blend, and artistry flourishes.

A night to remember: IIFW 5.0 cements its place as a global fashion powerhouse with a compassionate heart.

The culmination of the Gala Dinner marked not only the end of a spectacular evening but also the anticipation of the next chapter in IIFW’s journey. With a legacy of glamour, cultural celebration, and a heartfelt commitment to philanthropy, IIFW continues to set the stage for Malaysia’s emergence as a global fashion hub.

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