Interview of Kinda Touma: the contest winner

4 Jun

As part of winning our online photo contest centered around the theme “East meets West”, Kinda Touma, an American Syrian girl, answered a few questions regarding herself and about her inspiring winning photo. 


Kinda’s photo on the theme “East meets West”

1/ Can you please present yourself?

My name is Kinda Touma, an American Syrian Designer, I am from the US, Europe and Middle East. My unique childhood gave me the chance to explore a wide variety of cultures which I use to inspire me in my designs.

While I was studying fashion in Boston, I always loved competing with other creative designers so I decided to enter this online contest with IFA Paris.

I discovered this great contest as a follower of the IFA Paris  page, as I have always admired their work and felt the urge to be part of this great school.

2/ What does the theme ‘’East meets West’’ mean to you?

When I read the theme “East meets West”, I felt it was a great opportunity for me to participate and present myself and my designs to the online community. Having such a rich “East and West” background only helped me better prepare for this contest. For me, East represents the traditional artistic concepts mixed with passion and glamour, while the West embraces the modern life along with its edginess and boldness.

These cultures are both opposite and complementary at the same time, and they permit to enhance creativity. I wanted to play with paradoxes and show a perfect harmony throughout this picture.

3/ What inspired your photo?

I wanted to show the charm of the East but let the piece shine in a western glamorous garment.  The inspiration of this photo came from combining the symbolism of roses which represents nature and the wild while the desert background exemplifying roughness with serenity.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank a great photographer Alan Medvinsky for doing an incredible job in this shoot, and Model Maya Stepper, for giving this piece its soul.

4/ What was the most difficult part of the photo shoot?

At the beginning it was a little difficult for me to recognize how to present my couture piece in a perfect background, but meeting the photographer, Alan Medvinsky, made it a lot easier, as when he saw my garment, he immediately pictured it in an exotic place that can reflect and show the beauty of this couture piece.

The most difficult part was actually making the dress itself; it contaied 36 handmade Dior roses combined with other couture details, which gave this piece the beauty and uniqueness to portray such a sexy classy image.

5/ What are your future ambitions?

My future ambitions are to present fashion in its fullness, and I would like to leave a memorable mark in the fashion world. Ultimately, my dream would be to build my own iconic fashion label.

6/ Do you have a message for your online supporters?

I would like to thank every person who supported me through their votes and their encouragement. It’s always great to see people admiring my work and believe in my talent. I feel overwhelmed from winning and this honor will give me more determination to work harder in creating outstanding designs.


Kinda Touma, the contest winner

Thanks for your answers and we wish you the best for the future.

5 Responses to “Interview of Kinda Touma: the contest winner”

  1. hayat June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Dear Kinda I’m so proud of you and I hope to be very famous in your talent
    with my best regards
    your mom

  2. Maria Bahhadi June 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    A great design from a talented young designer.

  3. Chantal June 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Amazing talent..great vision..definitley bright future ahead.
    Keep the good work KInda .

  4. r June 9, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Kinda i am so proud of you ….Amazing talent keep going u r the best ….

  5. George June 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Keep it up Kinda..we are very proud of you.

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