Arefen was born in Kuala Lumpur, on 25 October 1984 to Ghani Zaidin Mariam Hussin. He was 2 out of 4 siblings. Arefen’s family had hope that he could become a lawyer, but Arefen was really into art and wish to involve in art especially fashion.
His father, Ghani Zaidin was passed away in year 2000 at age of 45 where Arefen was in Junior High School. Since then, his mother Mariam Hussin continues support the family. An iron lady that rise 4 kids independently. To get extra money, Arefen designed handcrafted merchandise and sold it to his closest friend.
‘Less is more’ is what Arefen Zaidin keeps in mind when it comes to designing his pieces. His creations are recognizable by its simplicity, sophistication and elegance. In addition, Arefen’s designs are usually inspired by environment architecture designs. Arefen is also a seasonal competitor when it comes to fashion design competitions. He won the 3rd prize of the prestigious Piala Seri Endon in 2009. Besides that, he was the winner for Best Coordination Award and Designer Award by Salikin Sidek for the UiTM Degree Fashion Show in 2009.
Primary school : Sekolah Kebangsaan Hulu Kelang (Known as P. Ramlee school)
High School : Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Keramat (Previously known as Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lembah Keramat 2)
A Level : Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Hulu Kelang
University : International Islamic University Malaysia : Bachelor Degree (Hons.) Human Sciences – Political Science.
University : Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) : Art & Design – Bachelor Degree (Hons.) Fashion Design, Master of Art (Fashion Design - Design Technology)
Faculty of Art & Design UiTM - Dean List student from January 2006 until December 2009.
Faculty of Art & Design UiTM - The Department Best Student Award.
Faculty of Art & Design UiTM - The Faculty Best Student Award.
UiTM Convocation - Vice Chancellor Award 2010 – Bachelor Degree (hons.)
UiTM Degree Fashion Show - The Best Co-ordination Award
UiTM Degree Fashion Show - Designer Award by Salikin Sidek
2nd Runner Up - Piala Seri Endon (The most prestigious Batik competition in Malaysia)