Revealed: The Semi-Finalists Of Singapore Stories 2021
The winner walks home with the Singapore Fashion Award trophy & more
Clozette is proud to be the digital media partner of Singapore Stories 2021, organised by Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) Singapore. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest news and happenings on the fashion design competition.
What would it be like to have your very own designs showcased to a group of celebrated fashion insiders, key opinion leaders and celebrities? Or to have them displayed within a prominent national museum for others to admire up-close? A pretty amazing and life-changing experience, we would imagine.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is set to become a reality for one out of the nine semi-finalists of Singapore Stories 2021 — a six-month fashion design competition organised by Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF) and supported by the government to advocate the next generation of Singapore-based talents for a global audience.
With this year’s theme being “Fashion and Technology: A New Era”, the semi-finalists will be challenged to produce a six-look capsule fashion apparel collection that’s suited for the global stage, while being cognisant of conscious consumerism as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
Circling back to the perks and prestige of winning this competition, the designer will walk home with the Singapore Fashion Award trophy, as well as secure retail opportunities at Design Orchard and TaFF’s online platform OneOrchard.Store (OOS). And of course, the winner will get to debut their collection at Paris Fashion Week with Fashion Division Asia Europe and have their winning look showcased at the Asian Civilisations Museum’s #SGFASHIONNOW exhibition.
Excited? Read on to learn more about these nine promising fashion design talents now.
From interning for Project Runway winner Christian Siriano to becoming a semi-finalist of Singapore Stories 2021, Alexis Fong has successfully sharpened both her technical skills and eye for design through various stints and by pursuing a formal education in fashion design.
While her signature style focuses more on feminine, draped, runway-ready pieces, Alexis is determined to showcase her versatility as a designer with ALF, her sustainable and inclusive ready-to-wear label that caters to both men and women.
Having trained in Amsterdam and worked for international luxury brands in the past, Angeline is passionate about quality and sustainability. As a result, her garments are predominantly made out of ethical materials and are handmade in small quantities to ensure quality control and a fair, manufacturing environment.
It’s safe to say that fashion practically runs in Dicky Ishak’s blood — given how he was born into a family of dressmakers. With over two decades of fashion industry experience under his belt, the dedicated couturier has designed a diverse range of apparels for numerous celebrities and beauty queens.
Whether it’s designing a dramatic wedding gown or a noteworthy three-piece suit, Dicky hopes that his designs convey culture and are "confidence-boosters” for his clients.
Jalene Alyssa Seah is literally in the business of making women look good. After all, the Singapore Management University graduate had built a solid background in advertising, marketing and events before pivoting fully towards founding Kinquo, which offers contemporary, sustainable clothing for dynamic women.
Beyond tapping on her strong business acumen, Jalene also went on to obtain a formal education in fashion design; where she completed courses at prestigious institutions including the Central Saint Martins College of Art London. Jalene is also an alumnus of The Bridge Fashion Incubator (TBFI), an entrepreneurship mentorship programme initiated by TaFF.
Parsons The New School for Design graduate Jon Max Goh has a wealth of experience in designing for a diverse group of fashion consumers — be it in contemporary, mass-market settings or for inclusive, sustainable apparel brands such as Livingwear — which he co-founded and is currently Creative Director and Chief Design Officer.
As for the garments he’s created for his eponymous label, JONMAXGOH, the menswear designer aims to offer wearers an eclectic perspective that teeters between the scales of femininity and masculinity; and yin and yang.
From designing spiffy, floral-patterned blazers or to figure-hugging corset dresses, womenswear designer Nantana Boonchuayseng believes in delivering sharply-tailored pieces that celebrate and accentuate a woman’s body.
Made for the bohemian goddess who has a heart for doing good, Nikasha Khemka’s eponymous womenswear label Nikasha features relaxed silhouettes and colourful Indian separates. Beyond dressing women in her designs, she also teaches women from the blind women’s association to work with unused fabric, where they learn to create accessories that they can sell to earn a living income.
The ethical designer also recently launched Nika in Singapore, a clothing line that brings a whimsical touch and conscious focus to evolved essentials and everyday wear. Nika is currently stocked at Design Orchard.
Undeterred by her hearing disability, Sebrina Ng hopes that her handcrafted, ready-to-wear designs will be a genuine showcase of her true, authentic self and a record of the significant touch-points in her life.
The young designer officially began her fashion design journey in 2015, where she completed a Fashion Course at the Institute of Technical Education. She’s currently pursuing her Diploma in Apparel Design & Merchandising at Temasek Polytechnic.
Sustainability is at the heart of Lily & Lou, an innovative fashion label co-founded by Yan Ng that operates on a made-to-order model to help keep unsold clothing out of landfills.
With the mission to empower wearers to care for their planet in style, Yan hopes that more wearers would try their hand at customising their favourite pieces in order to reduce unnecessary waste, all while embracing materials such as bamboo and TENCEL™ that are not only kinder to the environment, but comfortable and gentle against the skin as well.