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Designer Spotlight: The Oriental Edit with Vaughn Tan

Feb 02 2018

In conjunction with the upcoming Lunar New Year, this month’s Designer Spotlight features Vaughn Tan and his first ready-to-wear Chinese New Year collection.


The Man behind the brand


Vaughn Tan is a local high fashion designer whom designs and creates bespoke haute couture dresses that are highly acclaimed and coveted in the local fashion scene. Graduating from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with an engineering degree, becoming a designer seemed to be a faraway dream for Vaughn. In an incidental twist of fate (and his impressive talent in drawing and design), he was hired by a bridal boutique where he quickly learnt the ropes and garnered sufficient experience to start his own eponymous label in 2006. The demands of his dresses grew exponentially across the years, and with the encouragement of his customers, he is expanding out into ready-to-wears, creating demi-couture pieces that combines the best of both worlds.
Humble and amicable, Vaughn’s passion in fashion and pride in his creations could clearly be felt throughout the event as he tirelessly answered questions about his collection and personally styling customers.  


Vaughn with Ms Pek Lay Peng (Director of SocietyA) and Ms Sammi Lim.


Vaughn with Ms Sammi Lim wearing the Organza Flare Dress from the Psychedelic Spring collection.


Vaughn with Ms Pek Lay Peng, Radio DJ and TV host Yasmine Cheng and Internationally famed burlesque artiste, Sukki Singapora.


A Psychedelic Spring collection
It was a visit to a Chinese museum that inspired Vaughn Tan to recreate a timeless classic, the Cheongsam, in an electrifying fusion of tradition and contemporary. Themed “A Psychedelic Spring”, the collection consists of the flattering silhouettes, stunning graphic prints, intricate hand embroidery and a gorgeous colour palette. Using fabrics meticulously sourced from Europe and Asia, A Psychedelic Spring collection fuses Eastern and Western motifs while maintaining the features of the Cheongsam.

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