Tag Archives: fashion history

My OOTD Now – The Sheer Pink Satin Coat

My poor pink satin coat… It has travelled with me from Taipei to Sydney; Sydney to Taipei and back again to Sydney. Waited patiently in my wardrobe from the ’90s until now, and I have finally taken it to my local drycleaner, so it has been refreshed; restyled and reloved!! Well, thanks to the comeback […]

Throwback The ’90s – The Matchy-Matchy Look

Once upon a time in the ’90s, it was essential that your fashion accessories matched your outfits. I chose this ’90s photo of myself as an example; in which, I paired my purple door-knocker earrings with my beetroot matching shorts and top set; and I wore an indigo pendant plus a pair of purple heels. […]

My Biker Jacket Diary – Romancing The Jacket

Come the 1980s, the biker trend reached its peak. The leather jacket became a fashion staple among the rock ‘n’ roll; the punk and the pop. Remember Michael Jackson’s red leather Thriller number? Some say that “The biker jacket is like denim or fine wine, it gets better with age.” I couldn’t agree more. And […]

My Biker Jacket Diary – Embracing The Wild Side

In 1955, a certain silver screen actor named James Dean starred in the film ‘Rebel Without a Cause’. In this film, Dean’s character Jim Stark continued in making the biker jacket a symbol of the adventure; danger and rebellion. There’s no denying that a badass young man in a leather jacket has sex appeal. In […]

My Biker Jacket Diary – High Contrast

In 1928, the first motorcycle jacket with a zipper was born in New York City; it was named Perfecto, after creator Irving Schott’s favourite cigar. The watershed moment came in 1953, when Marlon Brando’s Johnny Strabler wore the infamous skull-and-bones-stamped Perfecto in the film ‘The Wild One’. Brando; Perfecto and the film all went on […]

The World Of Matching Purple… Or Something Like It

Purple is my favourite colour and it always has been. Not only am I fascinated by this colour which contains a perfect balance of cool (blue) and warmth (red). I also love the purple colour group, from amethyst; violet; lavender; eggplant; indigo; orchid to plum.., just to name a few. It’s not just the fashion […]

The Tale Of A Qipao 旗袍 (Chi-Pao) – It’s Not All About Suzie Wong

There were countless politicians; movie stars and celebrities, Chinese and other nationalities, who have graced qipao in contemporary culture. Here I’d like to share some of my favourites… Soong May-Ling, also well known as Madame Chiang, as the first lady of the Republic of China, she was often seen in qipao, especially at important occasions […]