Traditional Indonesian and Malaysian garments designed after geeky themes like Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Mass Effect, and Watchmen. There are baju Melayu, Punjabi suits, and even an áo dài.
The designs were exhibited at the University of Malaya Art Gallery in August 2015. They've been featured on Poskod.my and Mashable Asia, and I spoke about the process of designing them during a radio interview on BFM 89.9’s I Love KL segment, including waxing lyrical about Tolkien.
You know those shark socks? This is way bigger.
Cotton print, with red and white trim.
DRAGONS IN A TEACUP
Printed silk with slight crinkled texture.
We are all made of it.
Embroidered constellations, star/moon-tasseled shawl.
The form-fitting kebaya is perfect for an ornate, military look.
Lion and phoenix devices stitched in gold on a thin coat, paired with matching songket.
"The finest rockets ever seen; They burst in stars of blue and green."
Embroidered silk baju kurung with tab sleeves and patterned scarf.
"Radagast the Brown? Radagast the bird tamer?"
Rough cotton baju kurung with patterned dyed shawl.
SHADOW AND FLAME
"Its streaming mane kindled and blazed behind it. In its right hand was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire...the shadows about it reached out like two vast wings."
Minangkabau headdress, embossed velvet baju kurung with shawl.
"I liked white better."
Silk top and printed sarong.
WHITE AS SNOW
So spotless and pure.
White silk baju Melayu with rose motif woven songket.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
All eyes are on you.
Embroidered Punjabi suit with jagged, slashed, shawl.
FASHION WITHOUT FEAR
You don't need to shout to make a statement.
Understated black silk baju Melayu with gold trim.
All puppets on strings.
Embroidered translucent silk ao dai.
THIS CITY IS AFRAID OF ME
Black and white vigilanteism is often gruesome.
Lace kebaya top with baggy rough cotton pants.
QUEEN OF QUEENS
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings; look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Silk top and skirt with metal beaded scarf.
I AM PAGLIACCI
"Heard joke once."
Printed and embroidered Punjabi suit.
Cekak Musang style, after the N7 armor. Black velvet ornamentation and red and white embroidery. Motifs based on powers and armor fabric.
"I am the very model of a scientist salarian..."
Dyed silk, embroidered with circuit patterns and motifs based on Mordin's powers.
Regalia fit for a Commander, complete with omnitools.
Modern kebaya, after the ME3 Alliance uniform. Lace trim on coat with power icons.
Suit up in silver and blue, let’s go rack up some headshots.
Based on Garrus' ME3 set. Silver and gold threads worked into blue, with gold insignia from his vigilante days.
ALL SUITED UP
Let's get down to business.
Leather and pleated chiffon top with chrome studs, and leather pants.
20,000 tons of awesome.
Crushed silk bolero with sleeve pockets and wearable LEDs, layered baju kurung with a deep green silk skirt.
Raksasa don't care about your fashion fads.
Super soft asymmetrical hoodie with wearable LED strips, and pleated baggy pants.
CAPE CALM & CHASM
Stay focused and warm.
Thermal-blocking cape with visor and high collar; ombre scarf with embroidery.
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All Mass Effect characters belong to BioWare; credit to Troodon80 for their extensive collection of reference images. All literary and film characters belong to their respective books and authors, etc.
The aim is not to straight out paste a 2D image onto a baju, but to incorporate the idea through things other than the textile pattern, such as the buttons, trims, shawls, garment cut, and what have you. In other words, I'm attempting to explore and work with the visual language that's already been established for baju, while taking liberties where necessary.