June is the annual graduation period for fashion programmes, with a new group of young designers entering the market. Singapore's fashion industry has its difficulties, but in recent years there have still been many brands taking on the market. Lianhe Zaobao speaks to various working designers to provide graduates with insights to the industry. Max Tan is featured as an example of a designer that applies a deep sense of thought behind his designs. Max graduates from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts this year. This year is also the 10th anniversary of the establishment of his name brand, MAX.TAN. During his studies, Max took the chance to expand his knowledge through data collection and research, to inject a greater depth of meaning to his designs. He states that, “as Singaporean designers, we have not yet found our identity in fashion design. As a multi-cultural society, we have a wide range of influences. However, Nanyang-style designs are commonly applied to prints on T-shirts or directly used as batik fabrics for dresses. This method seems a bit lazy to me, and it does not fully reflect the unique culture of Asians." His graduation works are inspired by artist Lim Tze Peng’s calligraphic works; focused around white, black and red (seal) colours. With the use of various fabrics, he wishes to bring out the qualities of feminine beauty and strength.
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