8 August 2017:
Saloma’s iconic style unforgotten
The National Textile Museum launched the Retro Fashion Icon: Saloma exhibition today at the Department of Museums Malaysia.
Officially opened by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati binti Samsudin, the exhibition is an appreciation for the contributions of Allahayarhamah Puan Sri Datin Amar Salmah binti Ismail, commonly known as Saloma in the local music and film industries from the 1950s to 1980s.
Saloma was recognised as the Nation’s First Songstress in 1978 by Persatuan Penyanyi, Pemuzik, Penulis Lagu Tanah Air (PAPITA) and the “Malayan Fashion Trendsetter” for her unique singing skills and integration of modern Western elements in her style.
The Retro Fashion Icon: Saloma exhibition showcases 65 garments which have been preserved by the Department of Museums Malaysia with professional textile conservation techniques recognized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
Some of the garments displayed in the exhibition are the Kain Kipas, Peplum, Kain Sempit, Kain Belah and Kebaya Ketat that show a mixture of Eastern and Western characteristics and worn by Saloma herself.
The exhibition also features the 3D invisible Mounting System technique which is used by the Department for the first time.
Acting as a source of inspiration for local fashion designers and the public, the Retro Fashion Icon: Saloma exhibition includes six segments namely the Biography, Retro Fashion Icon, East Meets West, Personalised Cut and Style, Imagination and Creativity, Dress to Impress and two newspaper cutting segments.
The Retro Fashion Icon: Saloma exhibition is open to the public from 8 August to 1 October from 9.00am to 6.00pm daily at Gallery 2 of the Department of Museums Malaysia.