The Prince of Gowns Exhibition
Exploring the two-dimensionality of paintings, we collaborated with graphic artist
Sek Eng to design the exhibition as a series of life size papertole drawings. Eng created
a series of pen and ink drawings of objects from various romantic paintings.
Size: 80 square metres  /   Year: Completion 2007
Type: Culture   /  Services: Exhibition
Team: Torrance Goh   /  Photographer: Jeremy San Tzer Ning
 
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Benny Ong is arguably one of Singapore’s most well known fashion designers. With a clientele of celebrities, royalty and renowned companies such as Harrods and Raffles Hotel, we were terribly excited to add a touch of glamour to our oeuvre of work.

Prince of Gowns was an exhibition showing 10 gowns inspired by romantic Neo-Classical oil paintings.

We wanted to reflect this influence of art in Ong’s work and re-imagined the space as an art gallery. Exploring the two-dimensionality of paintings, we collaborated with graphic artist
Sek Eng to design the exhibition as a series of life size papertole drawings. Eng created a series of pen and ink drawings of objects from various romantic paintings. We then layered these to create backdrops with the illusion of depth.

Ong’s gowns were centrepieces to these “paintings”. The gowns were composed behind oversized picture frames and suspended from the ceiling. On a glamorous opening night full of beautiful and well dressed people, we were especially pleased when Ong told us that he was delighted with the way the exhibition had turned out.