Meet the 5 female finalists of fashion design competition Singapore Stories

(Clockwise from top left) Cara Chiang, Carol Chen, Nida Tahir Shaheryar, Adelyn Putri and Mette Hartman.
(Clockwise from top left) Cara Chiang, Carol Chen, Nida Tahir Shaheryar, Adelyn Putri and Mette Hartman.PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN, JASON QUAH, SHINTARO TAY, COURTESY OF ADELYN PUTRI, COURTESY OF METTE HARTMAN

SINGAPORE - Annual design competition Singapore Stories, organised by the Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF), returns with a new theme - "Re-Imagining History and Creating the Future". Tasked with making five looks for a runway show by October, the five finalists share what inspired their collections.

For her designs, Cara Chiang, 27, imagined what it was like for her great-grandparents - the founders of the company - to brave stormy seas when they were smuggled into Singapore on a boat decades ago. They had fled the Japanese Occupation in Shanghai to Singapore in search of a better life.

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