Lai Chan is known as Singapore’s cheongsam maestro, with a signature style that is delicately understated and rich in fine detailing.
Since 1991, he has been known for combining fabrics from around the world, ranging from Italian silk crêpes and delicate French laces to ethereal Japanese silk. His boutique in Paragon along Orchard Road is a treasure trove of his meditations on the cheongsam.
Goh Lai Chan
Silk tulle, lace, beads
Collection of ACM
This look made its debut at Singapore Fashion Week 2017, in which LAICHAN was the local headline show.
The collection reimagined the "Singapore dress” through contemporary twists on traditional fashions like the cheongsam.
In this piece, there is a masterful contrast of structured tailoring with textural embellishment. The silhouette is a direct reflection of the traditional cheongsam, but with a contemporary twist in the choice of sheer lightweight fabric. The dress is fully embroidered with lace florals, tulle ribbon appliqué, and beading.
Lai Chan starts his design process by taking inspiration from contemporary lifestyle pieces and translating them into the fabric, proportions, and details of his signature cheongsam.
One of the techniques that he uses is the bias cut. He then puts the pieces together, such as tulle, lace, beads, and other details, before calculating the weight of the garments. This step is pivotal in his design process to see how beautiful the garment will look and feel when worn and not just hanging on the rack.
One of the techniques that he uses is the bias cut. He then puts the pieces together, such as tulle, lace, beads, and other details, before calculating the weight of the garments.