17 February 2013

My Interview with Hatta Dolmat

After learning that Hatta Dolmat will be in Brunei, I couldn't let go of the chance to meet him. I have so many questions to ask him. 

I find the interview very easy and pleasant. Kept it short and simple. But, gosh, if you could hear my heartbeat, you will laugh your head off. I was a nerve wrecked. I mean, come on! The designer famous for his embellishments whom managed to make an organized chaos on a dress will be sitting next to me. I am thankful I did not freaked out and hug him. 

Jahit Manik: What is your inspiration?
Hatta Dolmat: I always look for new ideas and new things that I see. 

JM: What is your signature design?
HD: My design started when I was designing my collection during my diploma year. I gave it all my best and focuses on things that he likes such as appliqué, patching and embellishment. And since then have used this technique to my collection.

JM: What is your favorite fabric?
HD: I like Tulle fabric. It gives that fairytale yet glamorous effect.

This dress made for Erra Fazira shows Hatta's embellishment signature and using his favorite fabric, Tulle. Erra does look like a fairytale princess. 
JM: When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer?
HD: I actually started in interior design. And then, my family and friends encouraged me to  pursue fashion design. That's when I started joining competitions. 

JM: How did you manage to be where you are now? Designing for celebrities in less than 10 years since you graduated!
HD: Thank you very much. My motivation is to always achieve something in every year. It can be an award, a fashion line or something along that line. 

Just look at his achievements!
2005 Winner - Trophy Pesona Pengantin 2005 by Kumpulan Karangkraf.
2005 Winner - of the Diamond Needle Award (Anugerah Jarum Berlian) by the Utusan Malaysia.
2006 Hatta Was selected as one of the 5 fashion designers to showcase their work at Anugerah Era.
2007 Best Dress - Anugerah Bintang Popular 06 Anugerah Bintang Popular
Top 3 - One of the 15 finalist for Malaysian Project RunwayMalaysia 2007.
2007 Winner of the Ethnic Chic Design Award 2007 Singapore Design Competition by Singapore Fashion Society.
2008 Hatta made his debut for the first time in M-IFW for the Designer of the Bumiputra Designer Association (BDA), and established to champion and promote bumiputra (indigenous) fashion talents. 

2008 Hatta was selected as Malaysian 10 Rising Star by Malaysian International Fashion Alliance 
(MIFA) for the 2008 Malaysian International Fashion Show

JM: What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
It was for my final year collection line. I had to impressed chinese and japanese judges! I had to cover all grounds and do the best I can from preparing the mood board to execution. 

JM: Can you explain what usually happen when you meet a client for the first time. How do you know what design is best to suit her?
HD: Nowadays, it is quite easy. Customers tend to survey before meeting me so they would know or at least have an idea what they want. But, kadang2 sebagai designer, I sometimes give advice whether the silhouette would fit her and recommend better alternatives.

JM: What are the popular designs demanded by customers nowadays?
HD: Modern contemporary

JM: So, what's next for Hatta Dolmat?
HD: Traditional Songket. It's quite common for Bruneian brides. But, I am quite keen to introduce it in Malaysia. 

JM: Who is your favorite designer and inspiration?
HD: Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen. Galliano, his designs are very glamorous. 

JM: Lastly, can you share any advice to aspiring fashion designers?
HD: Hmm... you need to know your identity and signature. Don't stop learning and never give up. Other designers should only act as inspiration but do not copy. Don't underestimate a good illustration in order to see the big picture. 

Interested to have his fabulous dress? 
You may contact him at +60173033091/+60134043820
twitter: hattadolmathdc 
instagram: hattadolmathdc
email: hattadolmat.hdc@gmail.com
(as mentioned in his website)

Hugs Kisses, Rai

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