LASALLE Singapore’s first-ever digital graduate runway show. The show was a direct response to French philosopher Guy Debord who in 1967 wrote, “All that was once directly lived has become mere representation.”
Through a virtual lens, fashion offers possibilities beyond the imagination at LASALLE College of the Arts – Singapore. Titled Society of the Spectacle, the show featured collections by 17 BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles graduands from LASALLE on a virtual runway held recently.
“The world we live in today is more unpredictable than ever. This pandemic alone has ground the world to a halt and increased our online consumption to curb social isolation,” said Circe Henestrosa, Head, School of Fashion at LASALLE.
“Although the fashion industry has long functioned based on the expectation that a runway has to be present, we are already seeing fashion houses worldwide begin to explore different ways to present their new collections. To some extent, the change has also arisen out of ongoing conversations about sustainability and the future direction of fashion. We believe it is more important than ever that our students graduate with a consciousness of these issues and the role of fashion in this changing world,”
The show was a direct response to French philosopher Guy Debord who in 1967 wrote, “All that was once directly lived has become mere representation.”
LASALLE College of the Arts is Asia’s leading tertiary institution in contemporary arts and design education and practice.
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Below were the featured themes and designers of the fashion show:
Theme 1: Sustainability
- /wau/ by Kristen Cheah employs zero-waste pattern-cutting techniques to pay homage to the diminishing art of traditional kite-making in Malaysia.
- 5oC by Kwok Minh Yen aims to draw attention to the increasing rate with which global warming is causing coral bleaching.
- A Bird’s Journey by Nathalie Schriber is made entirely from vegan materials in order to highlight the negative effects of animal-produced goods on the environment.
Theme 2: Future Forward
- REPELEBB by Felicia Agatha delves into science in order to devise climate-sensitive solutions for our future.
- COLOSSAL BEINGS by Jensen Ng is built on the foundation of science fiction, imagining a world where plus-size is no longer a separate category.
- Gear18: Saber by Phang Kuan Yi is a collection projected for the year 4067 when vessels equip themselves with different identities through clothing in order to fight a war.
Theme 3: Heritage
- Ggogga-ot by Lee Cha Yeong melds the traditional Korean Hanbok with modern design in order to empower plus-size women.
- PONTIANAK by Hazeerah Basri subverts misogynistic symbols tied to the Malay folklore figure, promoting body acceptance in the process.
- “MA” by Masrurah Husna celebrates Japan’s consciousness with gaps, spaces, and pauses.
Theme 4: Textures
- Emove by Adhya Tibrewala features fluid and distorted lines in order to express chaotic emotions.
- FOILED by Fiona Sadiq employs unique fabrication to promote fun experiences with tactility.
- Dystopia by Natalia Halim imagines a reality where vision is blurred by hallucinogenic drugs.
- Chimera by Cathrin Siatanto is inspired by the concept of Chimerism (the combination of two creatures into a single being) and mixes Victorian style with contemporary silhouettes.
Theme 5: Body & Identity
- Blurred Bodies by Latika Balachander celebrates interpersonal relationships because, underneath our skin, our human anatomy is all one and the same.
- THE RENASCENCE by Hamkah Latib reinterprets the idea of remix culture through Renaissance and contemporary as a satirical conversation of what it means to be ‘in’ fashion.
- palpitate by Mazri Ismail catalogs palpitations attacks experienced by a Wolff Parkinson White patient.
- FEMBUOYNT! by Samuel Xun is a collection that explores queerness through artifice, irony, and high aestheticism.
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