Do not miss this rare display of highlights from an exquisite collection of costumes once owned by the late veteran couple, Liew Seng Wah and Pak Choy Yoke. The two artists were eminent in Singapore during the post-war years of the 1940s and 1950s, when Cantonese opera performances and films enjoyed a boom.
In the early 20th century, opera artists travelled to perform in Singapore and other key cities in the region and took with them new ideas and creative trends. This included the introduction of densely sequined costumes and accessories made of sparkling man-made stones. These became a must-have in the 1950s for leading female and male performers of Cantonese opera in Singapore.
Bedazzled presents a glimpse of this period of visual opulence, and offers an insight into the social history of Singapore through the lives of the opera artists.