World 158

In World 158, Singapore is a global fashion capital that represents Southeast Asian style. Post Independence westernization and globalization lead to the dilution of traditional textiles and garments from the region.

The Singapore government has established a multi-ministry taskforce to develop its domestic textile and fashion production to export designs to the rest of the world. This also served as a catalyst to develop a Singaporean fashion aesthetic. In order to continue its mission to represent Southeast Asian style, there is a requirement for fashion brands to incorporate the region’s heritage and craftsmanship into at least 75% of their designs.

What if …

Singapore was a global fashion capital?


preservation of local culture, slow fashion


Singapore’s multicultural heritage, Rethinking Fashion Globalisation by Sarah Cheang, batik

This World was contributed by Shahana Tandon, Amrit Kaur, Erika Arabella Binte Ahmad and Khushi Anshumaan Kapoor (located in Singapore) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

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