Designed to Win
Maryam Marikar was the winner of the
recently concluded Chokolaate Mother Daughter Fashion Designer 2013. Her
designs were met with high applauds and this super hyper and nervous
girl was shocked as ever, when her name was announced. Daily News ‘Zest’
got in touch with her to know what was going through her mind during
this whole process.
Q: So how did you get the chance to take part at the
Chokolaate Mother Daughter Fashion Show? Was this your first ever
A: I always wanted to become a fashion designer and to gain
experience in that field. My uncle Sajjad Hassan wanted me to
participate in it. And yes this is my first first ever try.
Q: Are you into a fashion designing course or was it just a
A: NO, this is not a hobby. I actually want this as my
profession as well :). Before been a competitor I had already applied
for some Design Institutes and Universities. I’ve been called for some
as well, but I have not yet made up my mind!
Q: How was it when you went to meet the judges and what was
their reaction to the designs you showed them?
A: I was pretty nervous. Like I said, this was my first try
and had no experience. Yes, I knew how to sketch but had no idea how to
get along with the presentations. So you can imagine how doubtful I was.
When I got into the top 15, I assumed the judges liked my designs.
Q: What was the theme of your designs and what is the reason
A: Well my theme was ‘Attitude’, inspired by the 21st Century
women. That is no nonsense, very busy and same time looking sexy too.
But that does not mean they want guys to approach them. In short ‘sexy
Q: So you battled it out of many contestants and made it to
the Top 15…how did that feel?
A: It felt so good to be among the Top 15 specially when most
of the designers were from universities, institutes and some were
already designers. And the cool part was that I, was one of them!
Q: Were there any catty moments between other participants
during the whole time with them?
A: Well I’m from Kandy. I had nothing in common with other
designers except this competition. I didn’t have any time to interact as
such. It was less talk, more work and fewer commitments. As a result no
one knew about me so no one was catty or feisty. It was cool.
Q: Who were the mentors that guided you?
A: My whole family, Mama, Dada, Aiya, Akki and I proudly say
me. If not for them I’m nowhere. Akki mostly, she is like my pillar. I
love them (kisses to them).
Q: So when you heard your name been called out what was going
through your head?
A: Ha,ha...to be honest, this is what went through my head,
“OMG, is that my name I hear. OMG that is my name...” Then I told myself
‘MARYAM enough with that smile (I couldn’t control it), go collect your
prize and the rest of the day dreaming :D. But later, the feeling was
good-really good, especially when you know you worked hard for this and
it was worth the trouble.
Maryam Marikar after receiving the award
Q: So what did you with the prize? Putting it to something
useful or already spent it :)?
A: I have not collected it yet, but Dada wanted me to put it
into my account (so not cool -_-).
Q: Anyone you want to thank and will we get to see more of
your designs in other fashion designing competitions?
A: Thank you Allah for blessing me with Sajjad Hassan as he is
the one who pushed me to my first step into designing. Dada Azmin Marika
and Mama Yazmin Fernando Marikar who were behind me right throughout.
Aiya Aslam Marikar, Akki Aminah Marika and Dihan Aiya for supporting me
and making me believe in me.
My grand-aunt Mashuda for not letting me give up, my Aunty Nazeera
Saludeen who did an amazing job with the sport knit wear. My awesome
sexy models Shantali Munasinghe and Sudarshini Aunty - without them I
would have gone nowhere, Uncle Aldo who helped with the stitching. My
friends, no matter what they are always there when I need them specially
- Tharini Coorey, Onella Vyse, Yashood and Inchi.
And all my family members who came all the way to cheer me Granma,
Aunty Taji Narriman Marikar Nizar, Eroma Archai who also gave me great
support, big aunty, uncle Rajendran Subramaniam and aunty Vasanthi.
Uzmaan uncle, Remaza aunty and archi and seeya who couldn’t make it but
prayed for me right throughout! And all the people who love me - a big
huge THANK YOU - if not for all of them, my sketches would have been
still on paper!
And yes, yes, hopefully you will be seen me soon...love you all…mwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!