Alia Bastamam On Her Guilty Pleasure
The former architecture student turned designer talks about passion, expectations and her guilty pleasure.
Known for her illustrious and timeless designs which have spawned four lines—the main line focusing on luxury ready-to-wear, Alia Bastamam, a custom bridal designed line, Alia Bastamam Bridal, a made-to-measure line, Alia Bastamam Atelier and a secondary line focusing on accessible ready-to-wear, Alia B—Alia Bastamam has built her own fashion empire to become a staple amongst the Malaysian fashion scene. We spend a few moments with this beautiful and eloquent designer to get to know what drives her passion and keeps her moving forward.
ESQUIRE: Do you think a passion for something can drive us crazy sometimes?
ALIA BASTAMAM: If it doesn't drive you crazy, it's not passion.
ESQ: Is self expression important?
AB: I think self expression makes you stand out from the rest. Yes it is important.
ESQ: Why do you love what you’re doing?
AB: Being in my studio, creating what I like, making women look good. It's the only place I can be myself, that's why I love what I do.
ESQ: People that try to live up to other’s expectation, what do you think of that?
AB: I've never been one to always try to live up to expectations. I always believe in doing the best you can and be the best you can be.
ESQ: What’s your guilty pleasure?
AB: Sweets, chocolate and kisses.
ESQ: Do you think that these days, a lot of people tend to judge things by the cover?
AB: I'm not one to say, in the fashion industry everything is judged by the cover and how it's presented.
ESQ: Are you a plan for the future kind of person or live in the moment kind of person?
AB: It's all about balance, there are times when I'm spontaneous and doing things on impulse and then planning comes to the bigger things I wanna do in the future like setting goals and what I want to achieve.
ESQ: What are the important things in life that you think people tend to overlook?
AB: Love and family.
ESQ: What’s the one thing that would surprise other people about you?
AB: Listening to alternative metal clears my head.