As part of the lead up to Singapore Fashion Week 2016 and also to celebrate the launch of a book on Singapore fashion history, 51 Singapore fashion industry stalwarts turned up to photographed in one of the country’s most stylish landmarks.

The shoot-cum-launch-cum-cocktail party was something like a very fashionable school reunion with people like designer Celia Loe, Elim Chew of 77th Street, Tjin Lee (who is also the chairman of Singapore Fashion Week), former models Ethel Fong, Huda Ali and Pat Kraal (who all looked amazing), style icons like Georgia Lee, current hot influencers and designers like Velda Tan, Andrea Chong and Priscilla Shunmugam and the editors of top Singapore fashion magazines all exclaiming about how fabulous everyone looked and catching up with old friends.

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Image: Russel Wong

Dressed all in red, white and black (it’s fashion dahling), 51 movers and shakers from the past five decades of Singapore’s fashion industry arrayed themselves on the steps of the Singapore Courtyard at the National Gallery to be photographed by Singapore-born Hollywood celebrity photographer Russel Wong, who has previously shot for Time magazine and The New York Times. 

The photo shoot was part of the launch of a new Singapore fashion book, Fashion Most Wanted, written by veteran Singapore fashion journalists Tom Rao, Cat Ong and John de Souza. Fashion Most Wanted, supported by the National Heritage Board and published by Straits Times Press, is “both an analytical and an anecdotal testimony of what we wore and how Singapore evolved from a traditional kampung into a fashionable global city” and many of the women featured at the shoot are mentioned in the book.

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