As part of Singapore Design Week, The National Design Centre is featuring various outstanding designers who helped shape Singapore.
Here are my top 4 picks that were displayed from the fashion industry...
Vice and Vanity necklaces, 2006
Emily of Emerald Hill gown, 2011
This is a musical production of a classic Singapore tale of a Straits born Chinese lady who spoke English, Baba Malay, French and Chinese dialects, who threw lavish parties at home. Emily personifies the multi faceted Singaporean identity and unique ability to embrace diversities. The beautiful midnight gown in duchesse satin with ivory triple bow was the only western style dress she wore in the production.
Hansel knit dress, 2013
Jo Soh of womens brand Hansel designed an intarsia knitted dress with the pattern of an HDB, a government subsidised apartment facade in monochrome. A witty nod to a classic Singapore city scape.
Esther Tay batik inspired collections, 1980s
I have a soft spot for batik, especially the vintage kind. Esther Tay wanted to recapture the Eastern textures and the Western colours in batik prints. Working with a famous artist in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, her collections were shown in Paris, New York and Japan. She ran various Esta boutiques selling her brand until the 90s when she decided to focus on uniform design. I loved the photos shown here.