Singaporean couturier Goh Lai Chan’s opened this year’s Singapore Fashion Week at the National Gallery Singapore with his his Spring/Summer 2018 collection in partnership with Her World.
The show opened with a tribute to the plethora of cultures that make up the fabric of the modern Singaporean woman, and her colonial past, in a capsule collection titled “Singapore Dress: Inspired by Identity, Re-Imagined”. The designer, who created his very first evening dress from scratch for his sister’s wedding at the age of 17, revived the Singapore dress (TSD) with flowers, prints and embroidery incorporating a combination of different textures and fabrics as well as bright colours. Elements of the traditional cheongsam (or qipao) a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress – which Lai Chan is famous for are evident in the pieces, as well as elements of traditional Peranakan styles.
For the main collection called Wonderluxe, he presented a European and American message, but remained committed to traditional Asian fashion, with a nod to Baroque fashion using corsets and collars that added a stylish and bold contemporary twist to the garments.