Spotted! Leong Minyi

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I recently came across 20-year-old Leong Minyi’s collection of utterly feminine frocks in muted oranges and subtle nudes. The designs are from my 2008 graduation collection entitled Back To Nature,” Minyi beams. “The collection landed me second prize at the graduation show and a short feature in the Urban section of The Straits Times.”

Minyi takes an interesting approach to her collection by infusing her love for Andy Goldsworthy’s work and her love for nature. Minyi explains: “Andy Goldsworthy is a sculptor of land art, a photographer and an environmentalist. I wanted to make something that was fluid and soft. So I draped, pleated and dyed the fabrics -like stretch net and chiffon- to create textures that are reminiscent of Andy’s work and highly reflective of nature.”

Minyi is currently pursuing a BA (Hons) Fashion Design at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. “My philosophy is to design garments which make a woman feel beautiful, free and easy,” she says. “The designs, at a glance, may seem conventional. However, on closer inspection of the details of the designs and fabrics, one will find new discoveries within the garments. I like to create textures on fabrics, either through heat treatment, embroidery, felting or dyeing. I think it’s all in the details.”

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