If you’ve yet to check out Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) new fashion and jewellery galleries (which opened last year right before lockdown), here’s a good chance to do so. ACM is putting on a new show titled Fashionable in Asia, which will feature more than 20 antique garments from the 18th to 20th century, most of which have never been displayed before.
“(The show) provides a window into fashionable dress in Asia, and is a statement that ‘fashion’ is not only the preserve of the modern West. Asia always had fashion and a sense of what was fashionable at any given moment in time,” says ACM director Kennie Ting. “As Singapore’s National Museum of Asian Antiquities and Decorative Art, we hope visitors come to appreciate the beautiful dress and textile traditions in Asia, which rival the best of the West; and also come to celebrate the figure of the Asian designer and artisan, sometimes named, more often anonymous, who have helped to set standards of aesthetic excellence for the world.”
The show will delve into everything from the rise and evolution of Javanese batik to tracing the history of fashion designs and textiles production in Asia – in particular, the massive influence Indian cottons and silks had. There’ll also be a section on garments worn by Thai, Japanese and Indonesian royalty.
Ongoing at Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place