New exhibition curated by Gen Z asks ‘what is fashion in Singapore?’, Lifestyle News

What is Singaporean fashion? The first iteration of the Asian Civilizations Museum’s (ACM) #SGFASHIONNOW showcase – a collaboration with the LASALLE College of Arts School of Fashion and the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) – explored the concept by reinterpreting the design of cheongsams, kebayas and other traditional costumes.

This year’s edition, which was also curated by a team of Gen Z fashion students, revisits the issue with a new theme: Architecture of Drape.


If you are wondering what this means, consider the draping and wrapping required in the sarong, sari, and hijab. Then take a look at the sets below. In each of them, local designers navigate between architecture and fashion by experimenting with shapes and the manipulation of fabrics.

The result is a showcase that 1) celebrates Singapore’s diversity through a diversity of designs, and 2) gives established and emerging designers a platform. Ultimately, he “imagines Singapore’s fashion industry as a construction site, because it’s a work in progress.”

In other words, rather than giving definitive answers, #SGFASHIONNOW invites visitors to have a conversation about Singapore fashion – it’s a work in progress, much like our individual identities and who we are as a nation.

Check out some of the models here:

Maison THOMASWEE — One-seam straight dress, Thomas Wee Collection
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: when designing this dress, the “king of the jacket” Thomas Wee eliminated all the elements that he considers unnecessary, such as zippers, buttons, hooks, belts and joints, until there is only one piece of fabric and one seam left. .

Learn more about this piece here.

LABAL — Axone, LABAL Collection
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: Labal designer Latika Balachander was inspired by the natural folds of the skin, as well as its sagging and sagging, when creating this piece.

Learn more about this piece here.

Bryan Yeo – Ave, Regina Coelorum, upcycled calico dress, wooden frame made into a stutable kneeling pedestal, from the collection of Bryan Yeo
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: Inspired by his mother’s relationship with Catholicism, designer Bryan Yeo created a set that could function as a portable prayer altar.

Learn more about this piece here.

Shawna Wu — Halter with bow tie harness, double cup foldout corset, double cup foldout brief
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: Bow ties at the halter pay homage to Chinese legend, Butterfly Lovers.

Learn more about this piece here.

JONMAXGOH — Glitch moire fading open back organza kebaya, from the collection of Jon Max Goh
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: Singapore Stories 2021 winner Jon Max Goh created this garment as a futuristic, androgynous take on the shape of a kebaya.

Learn more about this piece here.

Closet Children – The Iron Maiden, Closet Children’s Collection
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: This lace-like chainmail mask, designed by Rachael Cheong of Closet Children, is inspired by the Iron Maiden, a medieval instrument of torture.

Learn more about this piece here.

Charles & Keith — Lucile platform ankle boots
PHOTO: Asian Civilizations Museum

Fun fact: look closely and you’ll notice that the Charles & Keith Lucile Platform Calf Boots are made up of two parts: an inner piece that can be worn as socks and a pair of sandals as an outer piece.

Learn more about this piece here.

#SGFASHIONNOW is currently on display at the Asian Civilizations Museum (ACM) until October 16, 2022.

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This article first appeared in Wonderwall.sg.

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