2021 | Dragon Papertutu
I wanted to create another Papertutu that was far more complex and different from my first version back in 2020. After months of being on locked down due to Covid-19, I approached Irving Kwok of Six Senses Photography for a proposal to feature a 2-piece ballerina tutu that had a story.
It had to be something that relates back to Singapore with a Chinese back story. We came up with an idea to feature the Chinese Cheongsam and showcase it's elegance and beauty for the online world to see.
The 2-piece Papertutu features a 'Dragon' that rests upon the neck and shoulders of the Ballerina, adding the 'Mandarin Collar' look for that Chinese element. The Tutu skirt feature's a high-low hemline that is pleated with patterns of Concentric Circles. The added strips of colourful paper detailing was inspired from Vasily Kandinsky's work 'Several Circles' and is made to appear and disappear in view as one would go around the skirt.
The photoshoot was made possible in collaboration with photographers Irving Neil Kwok (Six Senses in Singapore) and Celine Suiter (excellent in multiplying her subject), together with Ballerina Henriette Dominique (Singapore Dance Theatre). Set in front of the geometric patterns of the Bayfront Pavilion at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
Featured photos below by Irving Neil Kwok (Six Senses Photography).