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Dato' Sri Bernard Chandran

One of Malaysia’s foremost fashion designers, Bernard Chandran—along with his eponymous business—has garnered international acclaim and fans among world-famous celebrities and royalty


Dubbed Malaysia’s King of Fashion, Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran burst into the limelight while still in fashion school in Paris by becoming the first non-European designer to win the Open European Contest for Look of The Year 2000.

Inspired by Malaysia’s rich and diverse heritage, his trademark style fuses together elements of haute couture with traditional Malaysian wear. Dato’ Sri Bernard has pioneered a new way for traditional Malay outfits to be designed and worn by introducing a new silhouette and embellishment technique. A fashion designer to a who’s who in Kuala Lumpur and the region, he has also dressed international celebrities like actress Michelle Yeoh, and singers Lady Gaga, Estelle and Tori Amos. In 2018, he was invited to showcase his collection at London’s Buckingham Palace to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

Recently Dato’ Sri Bernard acquired Figure, a 40-year-old tailoring institution, leveraging its long-established craftsmanship to incorporate into his ready-to-wear, bespoke menswear. Not one to let anything dim the creative force, not even a pandemic, Dato’ Sri Bernard conceptualised a retrospective exhibition showcasing his body of work over the years, which celebrated 34 years in the industry and brought light in a time of darkness. After more than three decades of being a designer, Dato’ Sri Bernard hints at opening his own fashion school soon.

He is married to former model Mary Lourdes Chandran, and together they have five children.

“I'm not always interested in what people ask me to do, saying that a certain way is the only right way to do something. In my mind, I know what I have to do and I know my priorities." 

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Before Dato’ Sri Bernard went to fashion school, he studied accounting for more than a year. His father wasn’t sold on his career choice even after he graduated from the local fashion school, and gave him three months to convince him. But after a successful debut solo show, his father helped finance his further studies at the Paris American Academy and L’Union Des Chambres Syndicales Parisiennes. 

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