Beauty in Black is an exhibition of 18 dresses from the 1950s to 2000s by leading fashion designers from the West including Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Cardin, Karl Lagerfeld and Azzedine Alaïa. It also comprises of garments that were made and designed in Singapore including pieces by prominent local fashion designers, Benny Ong and Thomas Wee. Collected over the last few years through acquisitions and donations and on display at the Museum for the first time, these dresses explore the iconic status of the colour black in today’s fashion and its appeal to both the wearer and fashion designers. The exhibition also offers a close up of the creative works and skills of the designers through a lively survey of the black dresses in a variety of fabrics, styles and effects.
Credit: National Museum of Singapore Collection