In spite of great gaps in available documentation, the Japanese occupation of World War II deserves full attention for fundamentally changing modern Southeast Asian history and the quality of its political life. Bearing the brunt of Japanese imperial aggression lay on one side of the coin – fruition of nationalism and acceleration towards independence, the other.
Ong Shunmugam Cruise 2016 is therefore a range of contemporary Asian womenswear studying the impact of these disruptive patterns across Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Drawing equally from Japanese pacifism and Southeast Asian postwar growth, we offer a conversation free from old fears.
Cruise 2016 premiered at Singapore Fashion Week on 15th May 2015.