Selina Kwong, a Chinese Malaysian womenswear designer currently based in London reflects on her richly multicultural home.
Familial roots have always retold the origins of the Chinese being brought into Malaysia as labour during the British colonization. In a country fused together with different cultures and backgrounds, each unique to her own, she especially notes her exposure to different types of dressing: the Chinese, the Malays, the Indians and through globalization and the post colony influences, western dressing. Her culture, not only its meaning, but also the story behind the gender struggles within it, has inspired her throughout her work, and has also been the core that drives her depth of research.
She also has a keen interest deconstructing masculine tailoring, but also romantic silhouettes that embraces modern femininity, combining a range of traditional techniques with modern technology in her practice.