" I would focus on sustainability. I would explore alternative materials and processes.
I would focus on empowering women. I would focus on positivity. The people are as important as the means."
the Founder of STOLEN
Fab Ego is so excited to introduce you STOLEN a Singapore based womenswear label. We are having a conversation with Elyn Wong, the Founder of this feminine and absolutely extraordinary fashion label.
What are your roots? Where are you from?
I am born and bred in Singapore.
Describe your personal style as an artist. Also, do you like to dress up or you prefer expressing yourself through your pieces?
As an artist, I like to explore human emotions. Expressing work that is simple aesthetically but digs deep emotionally. My personality tends to come through a lot in my work. Mostly being quite extremist, hard yet sensitive. I love working with weaknesses of being human because that is also where we can find the most strength if we choose to face and
Through my fashion label, I focus on keeping Stolen impervious to trends. My garments constantly challenges the distinction between fashion and art, acting as sculptural fabric vessels to accentuate the sensuality, fragility and strength of the contemporary women. The backless feature, revealing one of the most elegant parts of the feminine body, has become the recognizable signature detail of a STOLEN garment.
I like to dress up from time to time but I’ve noticed myself stripping away more as I mature and preferring simplicity to embellishment. And most of my own pieces do a good job in that sense.
I just love your vision. Where do you find your inspiration? Tell us about your collections.
I draw a lot of inspiration from art and architecture, and also from my travels. Interestingly enough, not so much from the direct world of fashion.
My current collection, Kami, pays homage to the versatility of paper: its variable traits in malleable forms, and its embodiment of delicacy and strength, reflective of the feminine spirit. With paper serving as a constant source of inspiration for Stolen, Kami is the label’s interpretation of the ever-changing structures of the organic material. Strong yet vulnerable, sharp yet fragile, structured yet feminine… much like women.
My latest S/S 2015 collection is named “Till The Next Sunrise…”. Sunrise is a phenomenal yet short-lived beauty. Often overlooked, this daily miracle holds the power to renew and restart every day.
Like the first rays of light breaking through a darkened sky signaling the dawn, Stolen S/S2015 is an expression of the beauty found in everyday miracles. It celebrates the miracles that we sometimes fail to see – the miracles within us, the prospect of renewal, emerging from night to day, and the moments of beauty that exist just for a precious instant.
What is your creative process: do you sketch at first, listen to a particular music or collaborate with other artists?
Conceptualizing – sketching – distilling – sampling – production – quality check.
It always starts when I’m inspired or excited about something. It could be an event, a beautiful sight or a moving poem. Then I’ll pick up my pen and write down my thoughts, my interpretation. It could sometimes be just a word or even a color. I don’t enjoy listening to music when I am developing my work. I prefer the sound of nature. I feel music fills it up with a fixed direction. I prefer to empty my head, giving it as much space to play with different possibilities. So far, creation of my fashion label has been more of a personal journey. Something more directed and grounded. Collaborations are done mostly for my art projects. Where I am expecting more experimentation and cross pollination of ideas. I feel the 2 styles of working help balance my creative expression.
Your artistic statement.
Be brave and authentic.
Where do you shop for your fabrics and other materials?
They are sourced from Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong.
Do you have favorite artists, designers, scientists or writers?
No favorites but I do admire Olafur Eliasson, for his mind bending, perimeter breaking spirit in his work. And Alain de Botton for his sensitivity and authenticity.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself doing more dynamics collaborative creative projects around the world with different artists. And Stolen being active in Asia, US and also the European market. We are expanding our product range to more than just apparel. Objects that resonate with our philosophy can take many shapes & formats. Keep your eyes peeled.
You favorite quote.
There is beauty in everything, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
What moves you?
Brutality architecture, kindness and nature.
Your favorite color, why?
Grey. So simple yet there’s so much depth to it. And it’s timeless.
Your favorite cafe in your city? Where do you shop for food, fashion, in your city?
I love PS café in Palais Renaissance for quiet me-time back home in Singapore, love shopping at Dover Street Market in London and Japan for their exceptional quality sashimi and beef.
Your favorite place on Earth.
Jökulsárlónin in Iceland.
Your dream place.
What can make Earth a better place in terms of environment, energy and peace?
Kindness and understanding that every human, every action, every animal is one with Earth.
If you had an opportunity what would you change about the world? How could your creations impact our surrounding?
I would focus on sustainability. I would explore alternative materials and processes. I would focus on empowering women. I would focus on positivity. The people are as important as the means.
Your wishes to Fab Ego.
Come explore more of Asia and help bridge different cultures and creative disciplines around the world.
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