Join us this Saturday for the closing event of PressPlay, an annual youth arts festival organised by the Arts & Culture team. LASTPLAY comprises of live band performances, artisan craft booths, and self-curated activities which are all free for the public to attend. See you on Saturday night! (more…)
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To usher in our first discussion for 2017 at the Heartlands Book Club, we have three authors to discuss their book “Fashion Most Wanted”! The details:
Date/Time: Friday 5.00pm, 20 January 2017
Venue: The Activity Room, Bukit Batok Public Library
Title of book/Call No.: Fashion most wanted : Singapore's top insider secrets from the past five decades 
By John de Souza, Cat Ong, Tom Rao. Call No.: SING 746.92095957 DES
Facilitator: Ms Nasreen Ramnath, Heartlands Book Club
Copies of the book will be on sale at our meeting and the authors will be signing them.
About the book: Written by former fashion journalists John de Souza, Cat Ong and Tom Rao, Fashion Most Wanted: Singapore’s Top Insider Secrets From the Past Five Decades spotlights movers and shakers ranging from self-taught pioneering designers to business owners who first introduced international brands to our shores. It’s a timely reminder that an industry – even one that celebrates individualism – does not develop in a vacuum. Below are our top four takeaways from the book.
1: OUR EARLY STYLE ICONS WERE NO MERE FASHION PLATES – ONE WAS EVEN A FORMULA ONE CHAMP.
As the authors of Fashion Most Wanted put it, “If you think pre-independence Singapore was a fashion backwater, you’re in for a big surprise.” A number of style icons did more than just inspire the way women dressed: As founders of their own boutiques, fashionistas such as Eunice Wong and Marjorie Sng also directly clothed many fashion-forward women in the early days. Epitomising the multi-tasking It girl, Wong was also a Grand Prix champion driver.
2: SINGAPORE’S FIRST LUXURY MULTI-LABEL STORE WAS MORE THAN JUST A FASHIONABLE CONCEPT.
These days, multi-label boutiques are known for their carefully considered selections. When Glamourette – Singapore’s first luxury multi-label store – opened in 1958, it brought European brands like Biba, Mary Quant, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent to our shores for the first time. But the store represented more than that: At a time when made-to-measure clothing was the norm, the store was a pioneer in ushering in the arrival of ready-to-wear.
3: LOCAL FASHION HAS LONG HAD A PRESENCE ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE.
Some of our homegrown talents are thriving overseas – one example is Paris-based Andrew Gn, who has been in the business for 20 years – and this is by no means a recent occurrence. Based in London until 1996, designer Benny Ong’s designs were stocked at stores like Harrods and Selfridges in London, and he was often named as one of Britain’s top designers. And it wasn’t just designers who put Singapore on the map: Top local models like Hanis Hussey (then known by her maiden name, Hanis Saini) and Ethel Fong were hand-picked by Yves Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani respectively to appear in their shows and ad campaigns.
4: EACH ERA BRINGS ITS OWN SET OF CHALLENGES.
Right now, it seems like every other day brings a new report on the sluggish state of fashion retail. But as chronicled by Fashion Most Wanted, each decade has seen its own challenges. The 1960s, for instance, saw made-to-measure fall out of favour, thanks to the advent of imported ready-to-wear. But this paved the way for the rise of distributors like FJ Benjamin and Club 21. Later, the financial crisis of the 1990s saw many brands exit Singapore. This, too, had a silver lining: Designer Thomas Wee notes that the ’90s was “the decade that made him a household name”. Today, the industry faces new challenges – and if history is any indication, it will evolve yet again, adding another colourful chapter to this ongoing tale.
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About the authors: Meet authors Tom Rao, John De Souza and Cat Ong who will discuss their book “Fashion Most Wanted”. The authors are veteran editors and writers who have covered fashion and lifestyles topics. Their profiles:
JOHN DE SOUZA, 62, covered fashion and lifestyle news at The Straits Times’ Section Two (the predecessor of today’s Life!) in the 1980s. Later, he was fashion and beauty editor at Her World for eight years from 1990 before moving to SPH’s Special Projects Unit as supplements editor in 1997. In 2005 he joined MediaCorp Publishing as group editor of various fashion and lifestyle titles. He went freelance in 2009.
CAT ONG, 59, was a fashion correspondent with The Straits Times (1984 to 1990) and The Sunday Times (1994 to 2001). Following that, she was a Bangkok-based Asian producer-presenter for the US Videofashion television network (2001 to 2003), marketed the Singapore Fashion Festival (2005 to 2007), joined Elle Singapore as its fashion director (2008 to 2009) and helped launched the Singapore fashion trade fair, Blueprint (2010 to 2011).
TOM RAO, 66, was associate fashion editor with Her World in the 1980s and editor in chief of the Singapore and Malaysia editions of Marie Claire in the 1990s. He teaches Fashion Communication at the Department of Fashion Studies in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts since 2006.
Please note the date: This discussion is to be held a week earlier (20 January instead) as opposed to our usual last Friday of the month meeting as 27 January which falls on CNY Eve where all public libraries will be closed at 5.00pm.
See you there! (more…)
Here’s to a good start to 2017! Organised by the National Library Board’s Arts & Culture team, PressPlay is an annual youth festival aimed to make the arts more accessible to the public and to celebrate its impact on young people’s lives.
Now in its fourth year running, PRESSPLAY collaborates with local studios, independent artists, and design collectives to offer a myriad of free arts programmes from 14 Jan to 18 Mar 2017. Make something new at our artisan workshops, learn of the ongoing collaborations within our local creative community, listen to our selection of local beats, and gain a better appreciation of the written word. #supportlocal #pressplaysg
Check out PRESSPLAY’s Facebook page for the events listing and registration openings! (more…)