SINGAPORE FASHION AMONG CHINESE POP 60s ARTISTES:
Ladies fashion in the 60s seems to focus on colours and tones but less on accessories. Dresses are elegant and evening gowns are usually full-skirted. For casual wear, the ladies have British fashion guru Mary Quant's mini-skirt for leggy jaunts. And the word 'mini' comes from the iconic 60s Cooper mini-car.
Compared with their sisters in the West, our local Chinese pop singers dress conservatively when appearing on the covers of the vinyls they publicise. Sakura, Frances Yip, Mona Fong and Carrie Ku Mei (images) look resplendent with their pleasing, eye-catching and fashionable dress sense.
The light purplish dress with fluffy puffed sleeves that Sakura wears, is either for a concert or nightclub act. Note her bee-hive hairdo. Is she over-dressed? Not really. Carrie Koo Mei and Mona Fong are also ready for a formal evening concert in a darker purple cheongsam with psychedelic prints (?) to woo audiences with their stage presence and songs. I love their simple but charmingly styled hair and stilettos.
A very young Frances Yip appears set for a stroll in the park with her short, captivating sun-hewed print mini. Perhaps she's ready to sing a twist or shake 60s hit during a tea-dance. Or is she?
I am no expert, so do write in if you are familiar with Singapore 60s dress code and comment on the fashion sense then.
For those interested in the Chinese record covers above: Image 1: Sakura COLUMBIA/EMI ECHK. 614. Image 2: Frances Yip LIFE RECORDS/EP 2092. Image 3: Carrie Koo Mei and Mona Fong PATHE/EMI: 7EPA-206.Images/original article: Andy Lim.