whilst digging into my archives in the process of putting my book together ( more on this sometime in the near future – watch this space ) , I stumbled upon a plethora of long lost material from singapore’s fashion past.
so, to celebrate the nation’s 49th birthday, I’m dedicating today’s solid gold sundays post to the industry that has given me an amazing career, and to a country I proudly call “home”.
I worked as show producer on the fashion connections asian gala in 1997 , held at the ritz carlton. coincidentally, the creative director for the event happened to be dick lee, the creative director for this year’s national day parade too. singapore was represented by peter teo of project shop fame.
boy, did fashion critic suzy menkes have something to say about what singapore style was not !
I worked on the 1995 edition of fashion connections too. here are the collections of early day fashion stars arthur yen and daniel yam, as well as a young alfie leong winning the singapore young fashion designers’ contest. see if you can spot tay ping hui, pre-acting career, when he was busy ruling the runways as one of singapore’s top models
fashion connections was preceded by the SODA ( society of designing arts ) shows, which discovered many of singapore’s fashion designers in the 80’s, including david wang, esther tay, bobby chng and celia loe, and by the HerWorld young designers’ contest, which discovered thomas wee and tan yoong
the noughties saw the establishment of singapore fashion week, which gave rise to that era’s band of fashion stars. check out the debut collections of nicholas by nic wong and posse by jay quek and madeline wong , as well as a backstage shot at the song&kelly show at london fashion week – which I produced ( with a young, pre-hansel jo soh ! ) and a woods&woods shoot with male model daniel lim and brit photographer anthony crook in london ( which I styled )
singapore’s got a fab new bunch of exciting young fashion designers in 2014, and the future of the industry looks bright. but we shouldn’t forget the pioneers who paved the way for the young talents of today.
happy birthday, singapore. thank you for giving me a fab career, a wonderful life, the most amazing friends and a lifetime of the most spectacular memories