documentaries & Films

The kingmaker (2019)

With intimate access to the Marcos family, witness their improbable return to power in the Philippines. This film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda's present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, with the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family's history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch's extravagant love for her country.


Nailed it (2018)

In virtually every city, state and strip mall across the U.S., women get their nails done in salons likely owned by Vietnamese entrepreneurs. How did this community come to dominate an $8 billion dollar nail economy? Nailed It takes viewers from Los Angeles to the Bronx to meet the diverse people and relationships behind this booming and enigmatic trade. Uncover the real history of the Vietnamese nail salon! 



Singlish and being kiasu are the hallmarks of being Singaporean today, but what about back in the late 1960s, when Singapore was just finding its feet as an independent nation? For his new photo series celebrating Singapore, photographer Jayden Tan attempts to understand just that – but through fashion. From finding out about a unique pageant costume called the Cheongarong, to learning about Singapore’s very own 'Christian Dior of the East', Jayden dives into the wild and colorful world of local fashion in the late 1960s, and discovers one glorious fact – that Singaporeans back then, ladies and gentlemen, were most certainly not boring.



What if The Devil Wears Prada were set in Vietnam? The Tailor, a romantic comedy that spans more than 40 years from 1969 to 2017, takes place in the vibrant fashion world of Saigon. Its leading character is the ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese dress.

Nhu Y is the impetuous young heiress to Thanh Nu, the most prestigious fashion house in Saigon, established by nine generations of ao dai couturiers. Nhu Y is vocal about her contempt for the ao dai, considering it a relic from a bygone era. She rebels against and her family and refuses to learn the traditional craft. However, a magical twist takes Nhu Y on a humbling journey of self-discovery.  She realises the extraordinary value of her heritage and races against time to save the family business with the creation of a modern ao dai. The Tailor is a heart-warming tale that celebrates the enduring beauty of Vietnamese artistry and vitality of contemporary Vietnamese commercial cinema.

The Tailor premiered at Busan International Film Festival in 2017. In 2018, it won Best Feature Film at the Vietnamese Golden Kite Awards and was screened at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Director: Tran Buu Loc and Kay Nguyen


Batik of Java: A Centuries Old Tradition

Asian Art Museum (2017)

Fashion Media, Models, & Methodologies: Archiving the Written Histories of Fashion in Singapore

Singapore Fashion Histories

In Conversation with Andrew Gn : Fashion and Education

Asian Civilisations Museum (2022)

Header image: Aminah Cendrakasih, c. 1958Photo: Tati Photo Studio, Mangga Dua, Jakarta
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