Brown floral jacket made for a sleeveless cheongsam

This brown jacket made for a sleeveless knee length cheongsam, belonged to Mdm Zhuo Yu Chun, director of Tai Wee Company Pte Ltd. The printed jacket has a U shaped neckline with buttons running down the center. Both pieces of garment are made from synthetic Thai silk.Zhuo who was born in Sumatra came to Singapore at the age of 12. The alumni of Nanyang Girl’s High started wearing the cheongsam at the age of 17 or 18 to assert her identity as a Chinese, even though her grandmother is Malay. In the 1950s, her husband ventured into the frozen food business and film distribution. Like other Singapore women who start entering the workforce then, Zhuo helped out in her husband’s business. She wore cheongsam when she hosted people from the film industry. Some of her cheongsam were modelled on those worn by Hong Kong actresses.

Date/Period
1950s-1960s
Region
Hong Kong and Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 57.2 x 87.5 cm
Accession No.
2009-02181
Material
crepe, thai silk, synthetic
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Courtesy of Mdm Zhuo Yu Chun
Category
Garments and Accessories