An afternoon at Atelier Ong Shunmugam

At Atelier Ong Shunmugam

Dreams Woven from Lace and Batik, my second article for POSKOD.SG is out! The funny and feisty fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam talks fashion, of course, but also talks about growing up cross-cultural, identity, and why we need to start celebrating cheongsams, traditional Asian wear and the small-scale industries and artisans that support it.

We did the interview a few fridays ago, and it was one of those evenings that left me inspired in a happy, buzzy way, you know? The way putting on a damn good dress makes you feel. Many thanks to Priscilla, and POSKOD.SG team, especially Yu-Mei and David for the fine-tuned editorial attention and images. I managed to sneak some shots of the atelier that afternoon, and here they are, if you’d like to see:

dreams woven from lace and batik

During the course of the interview, customers continued to flow into the store to pick up their exquisitely made dresses and try them on — ooh la la~ I’ve never owned a cheongsam, but I have a strong feeling my first is going to come from here!

genius colour combination - cendol
The Meena in the Chendol colour fabrication is my favourite — ivory lace over chendol green fabric, complete with red bean buttons! Genius or what? The very chic and versatile Nishita is another of my favourites, made of soybean fibre fabric that’s heavenly on the skin and wrinkle-resistant!

creating a work scene

obsessed with corded lace

friday afternoon

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