It is tempting to say Max Tan sees the world in black and white – the fashion designer has made his name on abstract, monochromatic womenswear. Using colour in theatre productions puts him – and his eponymous label founded in 2010 – out of his comfort zone. But the 35-year-old welcomes the challenge. He started designing for theatre in 2015, on the invitation of veteran theatre-maker Goh Boon Teck to dress a production called Upstage by Toy Factory Productions.
That kick-started a journey into theatre for the diploma graduate of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), who was a stylist and costume designer with Mediacorp before starting his fashion label.
Next year, he will design costumes for two productions commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts. If the work seems endless, Tan juggles the productions on top of his label and school – he recently re-enrolled in NAFA to get his degree in fashion design. He sees theatre as an additional creative outlet on top of an already creative pursuit.
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