Exclusive web series: Inside LASALLE College of the Arts — Episode 3

Kimono project

Text: Renée Batchelor

In the third episode of our five-part series, we take a look at fashion students from LASALLE College of the Arts getting inspired by Japanese garment construction techniques and trends

What's in a stitch? Drawing on inspiration from Japanese techniques such as Sashiko stitching — a form of decorative, reinforcement stitching — and Boro patchwork, the students at LASALLE learn more about the elements that make these garments unique.

Things get interesting when a Singaporean twist is given to the designs. One designer reworks parts of the kurta (traditional Hindustani wear) and the jubba (traditional Muslim wear) into his collection — an apt reflection of the melting pot of cultures that exists in Singapore.

Another student recaptures the spirit of the Moga girls — Japanese women who followed Western fashion in the 1920s — and combines it with the vibrant dance culture in our Lion City.

Click on the video above for the third episode of this exclusive web series and get a sneak peek into these graduating students' collections.

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Video shot using the Apple iPad Air 2 and edited with iMovie.