Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore
12 July @ 10:00 am - 12 December @ 5:00 pm
Discover the history and evolution of modern women in Singapore through fashion at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.
Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Progress in China and Singapore displays over 100 artefacts and archival photographs from China and Singapore from the late 1800s to 1970s, a period when women’s roles and lifestyles saw the most drastic changes. The exhibition also interprets the concept of the “modern woman” against the different historical periods – it uses fashion as a barometer of societal change to shed light on the changes in women’s status, roles and lifestyles since the late 19th century.
By examining the changes in women’s fashion during this period, SYSNMH hopes to trace the rise of the “modern woman” in China and Singapore. It also hopes to examine the various factors that shape our understanding of what constitutes a “modern woman”. It does this over three separate sections – from charting political changes in society from the 1890s to the 1930s, to covering the evolving notion of a modern woman from the 1930s to the 1960s, and finally to exploring how fashion empowered working women in Singapore from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The exhibition at SYSNMH will be open from 10am to 5pm from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays). Admission is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.