Turquoise silk damask long sleeved jacket with built-in collar

This turquoise jacket was worn by Mdm. Kwa Geok Choo, the late wife of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Kwa used to wear cheongsam for functions but after suffering from her first stroke in 2003, she preferred to wear trousers, sometimes topped with jackets.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.

Gross measurement: 71 x 125.5 cm
Accession No.
silk damask
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mdm. Kwa Geok Choo
Garments and Accessories