It was such an honour to be selected as one of the judges for the Raffles College 34th graduation ceremony this year. As a Raffles Alumni myself, I understand how stressful it may feel to be on the other side of the judging panel. However, I was extremely proud of all the students, their work and their effort. I wish them all the best in the industry.

Here are a few of my favourite collections of the night:

The SmoG by Ng Jin YingRaffles4

Inspired by the ‘Great Smog‘ of 1952 or ‘Big Smoke‘ that took place in the UK, Ng Jin Ying experimented with various fabric manipulations and detail using fabric spray paint and synthetic materials to emphasise the impact of the smog during the affected period. Just FYI, the workmanship of this collection was top notch!

Moving The Lifeless by En Chi KooRffles1

My favourite collection of the night was En Chi Koo’s capsule. Inspired by Frank Gehry’s signature masterpiece, The Dancing House, En Chi Koo constructed and manipulated her very own quilting fabric and produced memorable silhouettes – A* for effort, execution and interpretation.

Mama I Can’t Sleep by Michelle Li Yuan TingRaffles 5

A resourceful collection that caught my attention was ‘Mama I Can’t Sleep’ by Michelle Li Yuan Ting. Deconstructing raw fabrications such as terrycloth and knit, this was one of the most experimental collections from the lot. It’s safe to say that Michelle Li Yuan Ting is definitely on the right track.

Where Are You, Papa? by Quek Sh’un LiannRaffles3

Inspired by her childhood, Quek Sh’un Liann produced a collection made to appear as paper craft in resemblance of the art work she made as a child in seek of her father’s attention. An eerie and dark concept that was presented in the most conceptual way possible, Quek Sh’un Liann’s capsule was very distinguished.

Paradoxical by Nana OoiRaffles2

An interesting choice of fabric combinations, Nana Ooi presented a very clean and innovative collection. Inspired by the ancient high ranks, power and battle, Nana Ooi successfully delivered a risky incorporation of silhouettes – from structured and stiff to soft and draped; a good approach for a new designer to explore her strengths and weaknesses. A job well done.


Image credit: Raffles College of Higher Education