The pandemic brought inspiration to the design works of the latest batch of graduates from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) Fashion Studies Programme. One of the pieces, based on panther chameleons, shined in the graduation showcase. Lianhe Zaobao learned more about the dazzling costume works in this year’s exhibition.
Should you choose a Southeast Asian creature to represent one of humanity’s qualities that shone through the pandemic, the panther chameleon stood out for Marianne Priscilla (21), a 2021 Fashion Graduate from NAFA. Inspired by this reptile that can instantly change from dull to colourful based on its environment, she used an iPad to create hand-painted prints and digitally printed her own fabrics to create her graduation work, ‘BUNGLON’. This was one of the standout pieces at NAFA’s The Grad Expectations 2021. The pandemic also gave 3D Design (Object and Jewellery) graduate Vianita Yulistika Utomo (21) inspiration. She used natural copper with antibacterial functions to create an exquisite clutch. When interviewed, she said that she originally wanted to build a wooden phone case, but as she wanted to hold more items, she changed it to a boxed maple clutch, ‘Maco’. The Grad Expectations 2021 also featured the outstanding works by Fashion Designer Owyeong Hui Qi, Ow Ze Fei who designed “Mother’s Bento”, Fanny Pricilla Sindo who drew inspiration from Japanese Hikikomori, and Anadier Ong Soo Teng whose works were based on Singapore’s unique multiculturalism.
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