This month’s chic list.
Gowns from Guo Pei's spring 2019 couture collection.
Chinese couturière Guo Pei catapulted to international fame when Rihanna wore her show-stopping yellow gown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Costume Institute Gala. Now her exquisitely crafted haute couture creations will be showcased here at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) from 15 June to 15 September. The exhibition “Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture” presents a dialogue between historical and contemporary Chinese design, juxtaposing 29 of her embroidered masterworks with 20 Chinese art masterpieces in the ACM’s collection.
From top: A bridal jacket and skirt. A gold sequinned gown that will be part of the ACM exhibition.
Guo Pei’s dramatic, sculptural gowns reflect her background growing up in Beijing surrounded by Chinese imperial art and mythology. Look out for a bridal ensemble inspired by a traditional Peranakan matrimonial outfit from the ACM’s collection, worn by celebrity Angelababy for her wedding photos. Admission to the exhibition is free.
The Palace of Versailles
If you love dance music, you’ll want to head to Versailles Électro, the very first electronic music festival hosted at Paris's iconic Palace of Versailles on 8 June. Hosted by DJ and former Daft Punk manager, Busy P, the party will be headline by Busy P himself, as well as Breakbot x Irfane, Myd and So Me. They will play at the foot of the Hall of Mirrors, overlooking the gardens, which will be transformed into a massive dance floor. How's that for a festival backdrop?
After taking a break last year, the Glastonbury Festival is back in 2019, with bigger acts than ever before
FESTIVAL FANS UNITE
Glastonbury Festival, the world's largest greenfield festival in the world, will take place from 26 to 30 June at Pilton, Somerset, UK While headliners this year include The Cure, The Killers, Stormzy and Janet Jackson, fans can also expect sets from The Chemical Brothers, Janelle Monae, Miley Cyrus, Hozier and more. Attractions are spread out across more than 100 stages over 900 acres, and include a cinema, circus, art installations and a kid's park, as well as late night bars and cafes for a fully immersive experience.
Revisit your favourite Shakespearean plays like Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice
TRIPLE BILL SHAKESPEARE
From its Shakespeare in the Park series to its presentation of Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes’ The Bridge Project, the Singapore Repertory Theatre has made its name with outstanding Shakespeare productions in Singapore. For three nights only (12 to 14 June) at the KC Arts Centre, you’ll be able to enjoy three of the bard’s most beloved stories—The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and Othello—produced and performed by the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company. The bonus? A sharing session after each screening by a Shakespeare theatre veteran.
ART IN THE CITY
From 13 to 16 June, art enthusiasts from all over the world will descend upon Swiss exhibition site, Messe Basel, for the 2019 edition of Art Basel. This year, 290 leading international galleries from 34 countries will present works ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists. Be sure to also check out the Unlimited Sector—Art Basel’s unique platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a traditional art-fair stand featuring 75 works of large installations, immersive video works and genre-defying hybrids.
Pieces from Versace's Pop Medusa Collection are characterised by bright hues and the signature Medusa head, while the Jungle Line is distinguished by a distinctive tropical print
The Versace Home Collection 2019 translates the recognisable brand aesthetic into beautiful furniture. In addition to pieces for the bedroom, living and dining areas, there are also outdoor pieces, a first for the brand. The Rhapsody line reinterprets the Versace heritage in a contemporary way while The Medusa collection features modern details in marble, metal and smoked glass. Fit for both indoor and outdoor spaces, the Pop Medusa collection features chairs and cubes in bright neon colours. Lastly, The Jungle line gets its name from a print taken from the spring/summer 2000 collection—remember the tropical palm dress with the plunging front that Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammys? Jungle is the first Versace Home outdoor line, crafted from grey teak wood and boasting high-tech outdoor suede accents. The line features outdoor sofas, armchairs, a hanging bed, sun bed, lanterns and a fire pit table.
Available at Versace boutiques.
From top: Zulu ballet, Inala; Jerome Robbins’ In The Night
BALLET WITH THE STARS
19 to 22 June
Hailing from London’s West End is the multi-award winning Zulu ballet, Inala, which promises a spiritually uplifting experience powered by an explosion of music, song and dance at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Featuring two-time Grammy Award-winning choral legends the Soweto Gospel Choir, and choreography by multi award-winning Mark Baldwin OBE, along with current and current and former member of The Royal Ballet and Rambert, the production also include Singaporean dancer Adelene Stanley. The exceptional cast of 18 dancers and singers will fuse South Africa and Western cultures for an exhilarating production.
21 to 23 June
The world-renowned Paris Opera Ballet rarely tours to this region, but this month, Singapore audiences will be treated to the works of three renowned choreographers in one programme at the Esplanade Theatre. Blake Works I by William Forsythe is performed to seven songs by English musician, James Blake. Jerome Robbins’ In the Night presents three elegant duets, each choreographed to a different nocturne by Chopin, featuring vastly contrasting sets of lovers who meet beneath a midnight sky. The third act, The Seasons’ Canon by Crystal Pite, is a nature-inspired spectacular large ensemble work performed to the avant-garde update of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Max Richter.
PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON BRYANT; IRVING KWOK; SEBASTIAN MATHE; MANUEL HARLAN; HUGO GLENDINNING; ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM; ART BASEL; SHOWBIT