On 28 October, five local designers took to the runway to showcase their interpretation of Singapore fashion for the fifth edition of Singapore Stories 2022 - an annual fashion design competition organised by the Singapore Fashion Council (SFC) and held at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Attended by the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of National Development, Ms. Sim Ann, key fashion industry leaders, and representatives from embassies and government agencies; the event saw Kavita Thulasidas taking home the title as the winner of the competition.
Themed ‘Fashion United’, the competition challenged homegrown fashion designers to create Singapore-inspired looks that honour the diverse cultural fabric, and reflect new ideas that forward SFC’s mission to establish Singapore as an innovative fashion hub.
Five designers were selected for the finals, where they were called to create a capsule collection of six looks contemplating the national identity while celebrating the nation’s material heritage and design culture. Donned on the runway by past winners and present contestants of Miss Universe Singapore, each collection also projects the designer’s take on the future of fashion through an emphasis on innovation and technology, sustainability, and Asian craftsmanship.
The winning capsule collection by Thulasidas impressed the panel of judges with her ingenuity and exceptional craftsmanship. Heritage Reinterpreted and Beyond is a proud tribute to Singapore’s Asian roots while looking forward to the nation’s global aspirations for the future.
Incorporating various design elements from indigenous cultures in the region, the collection highlights the highly intricate embroidery techniques that are fast disappearing while inspiring a contemporary perspective to these Asian fashion practices, as we view art through fashion.
The competition, which provides an industry-supported platform for local fashion designers to showcase their talent, has attracted support from local and internationally-known companies such as presenting sponsor, RGE; title sponsor, Atome; and sponsor Philips Domestic Appliances.
They also get to present their creativity and expertise to a global audience. Apart from walking away with a cash prize of S$5,000, Thulasidas will get a chance to showcase her work to an international audience during Paris Fashion Week in October 2023. Additionally, she will have the opportunity to showcase her capsule collection alongside renowned designers in ACM’s contemporary gallery, as well as a retail collaboration with Design Orchard.
Thulasidas’ capsule collection will be available for showing at ACM as part of #SGFASHIONNOW in 2023, with her ready-to-wear collection available for purchase from 29 October to 9 November 2022 at Design Orchard.
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