‘Sam’ top for a fuchsia cheongsam with floral motifs worn by Kwa Geok Choo

This ‘sam’ top for a fuchsia cheongsam was worn by Mdm. Kwa Geok Choo, the late wife of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.Kwa was born in 1920. She met Lee when they studied at Raffles Institution, where she was the only girl in high school. The couple won the Queen’s scholarship to study law at Cambridge University where Kwa became the first Malayan woman to graduate with first class honours. Besides being one of Singapore’s earliest women lawyers, Kwa was also credited with drafting part of a key amendment to the Separation Agreement when Singapore broke away from Malaya.

Date/Period
1980s to 1990s
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Gross measurement: 74.3 x 111 cm
Accession No.
2010-03450-002
Material
silk
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mdm. Kwa Geok Choo
Category
Garments and Accessories

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