here’s a lovely review of my latest theatrical styling effort , for the Hossan Leong – helmed musical ” A Singaporean On Paris ”



“hossan has a tremendous respect for the creatives whom he works with , and that makes all the difference in the world ”


” I tried to draw reference to french designers and iconic fashion style at the same time ”



” … the costumes should tell a story …. for Hossan Leong, the clothes off his back reflect the city’s growing influence on his character, as he embraces the little idiosyncrasies of life in Paris …”

“ Hossan’s wardrobe transitions from his first look, which was probably bought from a mall in Singapore, through his time in Paris, when he would have picked up some items from shops in the French capital “

” As with any live performance however, not everything goes according to plan. Boey had to drop one of his favourite costumes from this musical when the actor felt that he could not move comfortably in it.
It was a mirrored jacket from Jail Jeans, a menswear label by Filipino designer Chris Jasler; the costume team had been hard at work “altering and sewing the metal bits by hand” such that the jacket would be made-to-fit for the actor’s solo number.
“We would have been happy to whip up a variation of it overnight if we were told it was unsuitable for the actor during the rehearsal,” says Boey, clearly rueful of the missed fashion opportunity. “Unfortunately, we were only told (that it was unsuitable) three hours before the opening night. Too late to do anything, really.”

” the ardent supporter of Singapore fashion made sure to include Singapore labels the likes of Reckless Ericka, Saturday, Revasseur and Cruise in the wardrobe looks of the female stars, while “injecting touches of (international designer labels) Sonia Rykiel, Nina Ricci and Christian Lacroix”, in terms of the accessories and other pieces donned by the actresses “

” when quizzed about the biggest stereotype about the French, Boey says simply that “Parisians are not as rude as one thinks”; but not without offering a teasing anecdote.
“The French staff are polite and you get excellent service … Until you walk out without making a purchase,” says Boey. “Upon which, you might get an ugly glare!”





thank you , Her World Plus


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