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SALOMA : Retro Fashion Icon The National Museum pays homage to primadona’s trend-setting looks

by Adline Abdul Ghani


Saloma’s iconic retro garments were displayed in custom-made showcases that allowed visitors to see them a 360 degree angle.

Puan Sri Datin Amar Salmah binti Ismail, more lovingly known  as Saloma, is a primadona who has had an immense influence on our nation’s music and film industry, particularly during the late 1950s to the early 1980s.

Though she is remembered mainly for her extraordinary singing and acting, she also had a true talent in cultivating her own style and identity. Therefore, it’s fitting that the nation’s first songstress has been crowned the “Icon of Retro Fashion,” as Saloma was a pioneer, trendsetter and fashion inventor.

Saloma’s outfits were very much part of her glamorous image and persona, complementing the way she sang, spoke and moved, as well as her coy gaze and magnetic smile. Always dressed to impress, Saloma was among the first in this country to merge fashion elements of the East and West. Her iconic garments included Kain Kapas, Peplum, Kain Sempit, Kain Belah and Kebaya Ketat, with added touches of Western elements. Due to her attention to detail, she also added personal embellishments in the form of sequins and beads, as well as stitching techniques and twining. During her heyday, young women across Malaysia and Singapore emulated her style from head to toe, including the way she wore her hair and accessories. Today, some of Saloma’s iconic and enduring retro fashions and silhouettes are again all the rage, experiencing a revival in contemporary fashion design.

This bustier shows off Saloma’s incredibly slim and petite figure.

In order to organise this landmark exhibition, which was held at the National Museum from 8 August to 31 October 2017, the Department of Museums Malaysia collaborated with the National Archives of Malaysia, as well as Saloma’s family and friends. 65 garments, in the care of the National Archives, were selected for the exhibition, and they were all handled with care using professional textile conservation techniques recognised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Some of the display methods used by the museum include the 3D invisible mounting system (bukrem and ethafoam), padded torso and mannequins, t-bars, hanging cylinders and padded slants. These methods were employed to ensure the sustainability of the collection, as well to maintain their aesthetics. However, museum curators and conservators were faced with a unique set of challenges in handling Saloma’s garments. This is because the garments are much smaller than average, due to Saloma’s very petite, slender figure. Therefore, the display supports they used had to be painstakingly handmade to size.

The warm response that the exhibition has received from the Malaysian public is testament that Saloma’s legacy has endured and will continue to do so in the future.


Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2017年悉尼当代艺术博览会

More than 500 artists from Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Chile, and 90 galleries participated in the 3rd Sydney Contemporary Art Fair at Carriageworks. This 3rd edition international art fair saw some very interesting presentation including a white marble sculpture by Botero with the most expensive price of $575,000, an installation of a red room by Hiromi Tango, a naked human body giant sculpture by Garth Knight and many many more. It was a successful fair with more than 35,000 visitors. The organizers has decided to make this two-year-once art fair into an annual event in Sydney’s calendar.


为了响应第三届悉尼当代艺术博览会,来自澳大利亚、新西兰、中国、香港、新加坡、菲律宾,智利等90个画廊的500多名艺术家齐聚一堂。其中第三届国际艺术博览会也多了趣味和充满想象力的展出,包括一座由艺术先锋 Botero 设计的白色大理石雕塑,最高价达57万5000澳元,由丹后博美(Hiromi Tango)所装置的一间红色房间,由 Garth Knight 呈现一个巨型美感裸体雕塑作品,还有更多令人印象深刻的作品。作为接待超过3万5000名参观者的成功博览会,主办者决定将这两年一度的艺术博览会提上悉尼常年活动日程。

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Treasure Hunt 寻宝游戏
40 reputable dealers from all over Australia showcased some of the best antiques, art and collectibles in the Sydney Antique & Art Fair organized by the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association. This four day event attracted many serious collectors and newbies going through the exhibition finding beautiful and sometimes rare pieces to add to their collections. According to General Manager Karen Lewis, it is getting harder to sustain this trade as the senior dealers are retiring and the younger generation are not as keen. Not to mention some have closed their shops and switched to selling online. More than 3000 visitors visited this event.

40名澳大利亚各地的知名经销商聚集悉尼古董艺术博览会,这项由澳大利亚古董与艺术品经销商协会所主办的活动上展示了珍贵的古董、艺术品和收藏品。而长达4天的展览会活动也吸引了许多资深收藏家和新手,他们借机物色一些珍稀美丽的收藏品。总经理 Karen Lewis 认为,随着高级经销商退休,年轻一代不热衷于古玩行业,维持行业的难度相对增大,还有些人关闭了他们的实体商店,转战网上销售。这个展览会有超过 3000名参观者。


To Europe In A Jiffy 直达欧洲

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has recently launched its inaugural flight operating directly to Vienna. Marking first flight celebrations, THAI held a reception presided by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo with the attendance of the THAI’s team from Thailand and Austria. Over 250 guests attended the inaugural flight reception at Palais Ferstel in Vienna, including His Excellency Mr. Songsak Saicheua, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Thailand to Vienna.

THAI’s direct roundtrip flights to and from Vienna, located in Central Europe and the gateway to Europe, will make it convenient for passengers to connect flights to various destinations operated by THAI in Europe. Currently, THAI flies to 12 destinations in 10 countries in Europe, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Stockholm, London, Rome, Milan, and Moscow, which equates to more than 80 flights per week. Passengers travelling from Europe will enjoy travelling to Thailand at a flight time of approximately 10 hours, especially those travelling from Austria which means direct, non-stop flights from Vienna-Bangkok.

Vienna is renown for its revered residents, such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. As the city of music, Vienna is famous for its classical composers and Imperial Palaces such as Schonbrunn Palace and Hofburg Palace, as well as the Museumsquartier baroque district.

THAI operates four roundtrip flights per week from Bangkok-Vienna utilising Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that is equipped with 348 seats consisting of 42 seats in Royal Silk Class with full flat beds that recline 180 degrees and 306 seats in Economy Class. THAI’s exceptional in-flight service has won the prestigious Skytrax 2017 World Airline Awards for the World’s Best Economy Class, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.

从泰国热带海滩直达冷峻宏伟的奥地利山脉将不再是梦想。泰国国际航空公共有限公司(Thai Airways International Public Company Limited-THAI)近日开通了首个直飞维也纳的航班。为了庆祝首航开启,泰航代理总裁Usanee Sangsingkeo 女士主持了一项由泰国和奥地利两地泰航团队参加的招待会。250多名嘉宾也出席了这项在维也纳费尔特斯宫的首飞庆祝会,包括泰国驻维也纳特命全权大使 Songsak Saicheua 阁下。



执飞的是波音777-300er型号,该飞机配备有348个座位,其中42个座位是皇家丝绸级,即是180度平卧床,而在经济舱具备306个座位。泰航卓越的飞行服务赢得了2017年 Skytrax 全球航空业评选三项第一,即“全球最佳经济舱”、“全球最佳航空公司休息室Spa”和“全球最佳经济舱餐饮”三项大奖。