Several talented designers have emerged from Singapore and put it on the world stage with their original works.
Jonathan Seow, first-place winner of design contests like the Singapore Fashion Designers Awards and Asian Fashion Designers Award, graduated from LaSalle Montreal, Canada with a BA in Fashion Design in 1997 under a scholarship.
He launched Woods & Woods when he returned to Singapore in 2000 and the label made its runway debut during the Singapore Fashion Week in time for Spring/Summer 2001.
He went to on expand his label internationally in Melbourne and Paris in following years and was awarded the Swarovski Designer of the Year 2003 (menswear & womenswear).
Another famous designer from Singapore is Ashley Isham. His designs, simultaneously contemporary and classic, have won over many followers and a high-profile clientele including celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga, among others.
His flagship boutique can be found at Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.
Daniel Yam is a famous label in the region, with outlets in Singapore and Hong Kong. It is managed by Advance Apparel under David Wang and Daniel Yam.
Its 2 flagship stores in Singapore are found in Marina Square and Wisma Atria Shopping Centre.
Benny Ong's designs have been widely acclaimed for its sophisticated, elegant designs that even appeal to royalty like the Queen Noor of Jordan, the late Princess Diana and Princess Margaret and the Duchess of Kent. His designs can be found in four locations in Singapore, at the Raffles Hotel, Paragon by Sogo, Raffles Arcade and Raffles City.
For those looking for elegant yet quirky frocks, you'll find it in Hansel, which is named after designer Jo Soh's beloved Jack Russell terrier. Her designs have been worn by famous celebrities like Katy Perry, who handpicked Hansel's Sequin Bustier Dress, as well as Chiaki Kuriyama, best known for her role as Gogo Yubari in Quentin Taratinon's Kill Bill.
Visit Hansel at the Mandarin Gallery from December 2010 or shop online at ilovehansel.com.
Singapore is also actively grooming its young local talents and the industry through design initiatives like Singapore Fashion Week and the Asia Fashion Exchange.