Interest in archival fashion garments have clearly surged in recent years, particularly in seminal designers that came of age in the ’90s and 2000s. Building on that note is a new exhibition titled CAPSULE2009, which aims to document the evolution of Singapore’s fashion scene during the years leading up to, and after the late 2000s.
Conceptualised by stylist Josiah Chua and fashion academic and curator Daniela Monasterios-Tan, the show exhibits over 50 garments, magazines and ephemera from key Singapore labels of the period, such as Woods & Woods, alldressedup, Max Tan, iamwhoiam, Kwodrent and Mash-up.
The people behind the exhibition: stylist Josiah Chua (left) and fashion academic and curator Daniela Monasterios-Tan.
The show, which is on now till Oct 23 at independent gallery Fashion on Display, is not intended to be an exhaustive chronicling of Singapore’s fashion designers of the time. Rather, the organisers say it is more of a showcase of their personal archive of garments and paraphernalia as emerging fashion creatives during a particularly lively period of Singapore fashion (more on that below).
While most of the labels on show at CAPSULE2009 are now defunct, Chua and Monasterios-Tan say their works hold value as they are reminders of a “collective desire for fashion expression and reflect the aesthetic sensibilities, constraints and the social zeitgeist of the period”.
A Mae Pang dress.
The latter notes that though the 2000s occurred relatively recently, scouring for the paraphernalia and documentation of the time has proved a difficult process – which makes the show all the more a treasure trove for those curious (or nostalgic) about Singapore fashion of the period.
Adjacent to the exhibition is a study collection – a space where visitors are encouraged to have an intimate encounter with these objects through guided garment analysis, and visitors are invited to record their observations, thoughts and tactile reactions to a selection of objects from the archive.
Below, the organisers share more on the project.