Salam sejahtera, Ni hou, Vanakam dan Sat Sri Akal. Nama saya Melinder Bhullar, berasal dari Malaysia.
Melinder grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Australia to study Psychology at the University of Western Australia. An “independent, outgoing and passionate young lady” Melinder has brief experience working on television, a line of work she hopes to make a successful career in. In her spare time she visits the theatre, she enjoys Traditional Malay and Classical Indian music and cinema, and her favourite food is Nasi Lemak, a Malay delicacy.
In her own words...
"I’m from the beautiful and vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Modeling has always been my passion and I’d love to inspire and be a positive role model to women.
I’m an independent, outgoing and passionate young lady, who believes that the world is my oyster and I’m on a journey to achieve the goals I set in life.
I believe that Beauty with a Purpose is all about using both inner and outer beauty to influence others for a good cause and also sharing the love I have with people around me regardless of status and background."
A modern Victorian couture gown of a fuchsia pink colour with pleated areas and the bottom of the voluminous skirt.
Fashion Designer, Teacher, Couturier and Entrepreneur
At the tender age of 10, Carven Ong knew he wanted to be a fashion designer one day. Not only has his dream come true, Carven is recognized as one of Asia’s top fashion designers today. Beyond accolades, his achievements includes the founding of fashion designing school Carven Academy of Fashion and the creation of Carven Ong Couture that has become a dream-come-true for the modern bride. His talents has also landed him multiple business opportunities including marketing of two fashion labels -- Carven and Carven.Sense that retail in leading departmental stores, and wedding planning agency Wedding Artists by Carven Ong.
Carven received his fashion designing training at Japan New So-en in Ipoh. After winning a contest, he got a job as a designer and cutter for a garment wholesale company in Kuala Lumpur; and lectured part-time in a fashion college.
Carven’s part-time work as a design tutor sparked the entrepreneurial side of him, prompting the establishment of Carven Academy of Fashion in 1991. He started with one student which grew to three and then ten. Carven Academy of Fashion today boasts to three floors or 4,500 square feet of teaching space, 8 lecturers and an average of 60 students at any one time. In addition to teaching fashion designing, it provides students personal skills and field training that allows a better understanding of the fashion industry.
In 1997, Carven Ong was one of the fashion designers chosen to retail clothes at MODA Young Designers Gallery in SOGO departmental store, Kuala Lumpur. As his elegant designs continue to attract and gain popularity amongst shoppers, he is the only designer left at the retail space, making him the official couturier of SOGO today.
Carven’s SOGO boutique offers two fashion labels: Carven, which features a wide range of office and executive wear and Carven.Sense, an elegant collection of ready-to-wear cocktail and party dresses! These labels are also available at major department stores like Metrojaya, Parkson Grand, Isetan, Debenhams and Tang Studio at Tang.
In 2004, Carven established Carven Ong Couture, providing personal consultation on bridal designs and exclusive custom-made wedding and evening gowns. His couture gown is a dream-come-true for the modern bride, making him a well-known bridal couturier today.
After seven years in the bridal business, Carven continues to extend his wings in the industry this year by setting up Wedding Artists by Carven Ong, a wedding planning agency that create unique wedding memories and events that are based on each couple’s individual personalities and styles.
Whether he is a fashion designer, teacher, couturier or entrepreneur, Carven Ong has created a blazing trail in the Malaysian fashion industry by turning his passion into a lifetime career. “Without passion, I would not be who I am today,” he says, “and I hope to bring my work and business further with this love for all things beautiful, elegant and stylish!” he says.