Ong said he wanted to express his love in the collection for all the women who are important in his life: “It’s quite a personal collection. For example, one dress is an interpretation of a pink carnation which symbolizes motherly love.”
Ong, who worked with Proenza Schouler in New York and Roland Mouret in London before setting up his own label in 2012, works and lives in Brighton.
Of his time at the university, he said it toughened him and prepared him for the business world, but it wasn’t all plain sailing: “It was a tough transition from college to university. I think when you are taught in the same way since primary school, going to university shifts the emphasis more onto you ‘reading’ for your qualification rather than being handed all the information. It’s a tough learning curve.
“You really do get out of it what you put in. Most of the time was enjoyable, but it was hard work and I did have the occasional melt down.
“Tutors and technicians have always been supportive and even after graduating they’ve checked in on my progress and offered advice. When I studied the class size was fairly small so I got lots of time and much needed one-on-one attention.
“The other beauty of studying at Brighton is you’re surrounded by the sea and the beautiful Downs so you can always escape and reflect when you need a break. It’s a city full of culture so you’re constantly being inspired by the everyday.
“It certainly toughened me up and prepared me for the business elements of the degree.”
You can find out more about Ong on his website.