Fashion and photo exhibitions

One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey will feature photographs (above) of the trade route taken by American photographer Michael Yamashita. Singapore fashion label Chi Chi Von Tang is part of Fashion Tales From The Orient, an exhibition curated
One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey will feature photographs (above) of the trade route taken by American photographer Michael Yamashita. PHOTO: MICHAEL YAMASHITA
One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey will feature photographs (above) of the trade route taken by American photographer Michael Yamashita. Singapore fashion label Chi Chi Von Tang is part of Fashion Tales From The Orient, an exhibition curated
Singapore fashion label Chi Chi Von Tang is part of Fashion Tales From The Orient, an exhibition curated around the cheongsam.PHOTO: CHI CHI VON TANG

Organisers of the inaugural Chinese Culture Week, which runs between Sept 9 and 13, hope to bring Chinese culture and history to audiences here through a series of themed events, mainly exhibitions.

Some highlights include a fashion exhibition featuring both Singaporean and Chinese designers' take on the traditional Chinese cheongsam dress and a photography exhibition of the Silk Road trade route by acclaimed American photographer Michael Yamashita.

There will also be a calligraphy exhibition and other invitation-only events such as a forum to discuss contemporary Chinese culture and a cheongsam masterclass.

The initiative is led by the Camellia Culture & Business Centre, a private club for business networking and cultural learning, set up by Shanghai-born businesswoman Jennifer Li, who is in her 40s.

It is supported by other partners such as the China Cultural Centre and DesignSingapore Council.

  • BOOK IT /CHINESE CULTURE WEEK

    WHERE: Various locations

    WHEN: Sept 9 to 13, various times

    ADMISSION: Free

    INFO: www.chinesecultureweek.com

  • HIGHLIGHTS

    Fashion Tales From The Orient

    See how Singapore and Chinese designers interpret the cheongsam.

    Where: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road

    When: Sept 10 to 28, 9am to 9pm daily

    Admission: Free

    One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey exhibition

    American photographer Michael Yamashita has shot for National Geographic for more than 30 years and this exhibition takes viewers on the Silk Road trade route that olden-day merchants took through regions such as Xinjiang.

    Where: China Cultural Centre, 217 Queen Street

    When: Sept 14 to 28, 11am to 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday

    Admission: Free

"We see it as a platform to introduce the rich tapestry of Chinese heritage and history, and to promote cultural exchange, development and trade," said Ms Li at a press conference last month to unveil details of the event.

It opens with Fashion Tales From The Orient, an exhibition curated around the cheongsam, which will feature works by Chinese designer Lan Yu as well as Singapore names such as Kevin Seah, Chi Chi Von Tang, Time Taken To Make A Dress and Something Old Something New.

Lan, 30, has her own fashion brand, Lanyu, and is known for her haute couture wedding dresses. She was in Forbes China's 2014 30 under 30 list. She will be showcasing Mom's Art, a haute couture collection she unveiled in Paris last month.

"I'm applying a Chinese folk art - paper cutting - into our designs for the first time. Besides lace, we are also using a delicate type of chiffon from Japan. With that as a canvas, Suzhou embroidery artist spent weeks to create floral patterns. Decorated with real pearls, the design will highlight the softness and elegance of women," she tells The Straits Times in an e-mail interview.

Yamashita, who is known for his work for National Geographic magazine, retraces routes taken by explorers such as Marco Polo and Zheng He on the ancient Silk Road through his photograph series, titled One Belt, One Road - The Silk Road Journey, which will be held at the China Cultural Centre.

Yamashita, who took the shots over eight years, calls them "a celebration of the spirit of exploration and cooperation that exemplifies both these men and is still alive today".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2016, with the headline 'Fashion and photo exhibitions'. Print Edition | Subscribe