PETALING JAYA, April 6 — Renowned fashion designer Datuk Jovian Mandagie is lending a touch of couture to the much-needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gowns for frontliners.
Instead of the usual blue, Jovian has created a batch of stylish-looking white PPE gowns that were shipped out today to health workers in the country.
“Our first shipment of PPE is out. Thank you JMteam for your effort on this good deed,” the designer wrote earlier today on his personal Instagram page.
The designer, whose father in law is Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, converted his label’s in-house atelier into a PPE gown and headscarf production space as a contribution to frontliners and healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is only a small help we can contribute in comparison to what they have done for us.
“Let this initiative be a helpful gesture to those who have fought bravely for us,” a post said on Jovian’s ready to wear Instagram page.
The stylish gowns soon caught the eyes of fashion-savvy Malaysians who said the white disposable protective gear was too pretty to wear.
“It’s packed so neatly, feels like a waste to wear it,” said @zakariajieha.
“Looks so exclusive,” chimed in @roshaizaaa.
In another comment, which appeared to be from a health worker, @withlove_effa28 said it was the first time she saw a white PPE gown.
“Usually the anaesthesia team wears white and we wear blue,” she wrote.
In a previous post two days ago, Jovian said he and his team decided to produce white PPE gowns to symbolise the frontliners’ pure and clean hearts.
We’ve decided to produce white PPE gowns for our frontliners as a symbol of their pure and clean hearts. When we are all staying safely in our homes, they are out there battling this pandemic with all their might! This is the least we can do for our bold and brave warriors as a sign of appreciation for their sacrifices. Presenting JM PPE Gowns! 🤍 #kitajagakita
Jovian has also been handing out hygiene kits consisting of face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser to those carrying out essential services.
The kits consisting of 20 face masks, 16 pieces of gloves and a 50ml-sized alcohol hand sanitiser are also sold on the designer’s website for RM59.90.
Alhamdulillah my supply for JM hygiene set is ready! Thank you to all my Suppliers dapatkan juga barang2 ni walaupun susah nak dapat. Mana yg dah comment sebelum ni insyaAllah my PA is in touch with you, barang besok mula di hantar. Sesiapa yg perlu bantuan hygiene set ni sila comment bawah atau DM @haidilahalim. p/s jangan risau semua barangan disediakan dlm keadaan bersih, mask & gloves ada cert, sanitizer pun KKM registered! Guna tanpa was-was
Other fashion designers in the country who have been producing PPE equipment for medical workers include Khoon Hooi, Alia Bastamam, Melinda Looi, Celeste Thoi, Nurita Harith, Mimpikita, Justin Yap and Fizi Woo.