With this year’s looming economic recession and the fall-out from a global pandemic, there has never been a more urgent need to support Singapore’s fashion industry. As Vogue Singapore launches, we are keeping our mission to uplift and empower local fashion at the forefront of everything we do.
Enter the Vogue Singapore Foundation—Vogue Singapore’s very own fundraising initiative. With a mandate to elevate local fashion to a global stage, the Foundation aims to help diverse talents on our shores reach their full potential.
The Vogue Prize
The Vogue Singapore Foundation funds the annual Vogue Prize, a monetary award that will go towards supporting Southeast Asian talents making strides in design, creative content and technological innovation. With three winners being recognised each year, creatives from various fields that fall inside the fashion ecosystem are eligible to win—such as photographers, 3D animators, designers, and technical innovators in sustainable production methods.
“The Vogue Singapore Foundation can mentor local talents in every facet of the fashion industry—not only our talented designers, but also our talented craftspeople, entrepreneurs, technologists and more”
A major highlight of the Vogue Prize is a mentorship programme by the Vogue Council—a collective of industry experts brought together by Vogue Singapore. Members of the Vogue Council include Circe Henestrosa, head of fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts as well as Nejla Matam-Finn, founder of luxury consignment platform The Fifth Collection.
According to Henestrosa, one existing gap in our creative space is mentorship—something that is essential for local creatives to truly thrive. “We are a huge consumer market, but we don’t see many luxury fashion brands coming from this part of the world,” she says. “We need to equip our creatives with greater communication, problem-solving and leadership skills.”
Matam-Finn believes that monetary support like the Vogue Prize can go a long way in uplifting the local fashion community. “A major difficulty that Singapore’s fashion industry faces is the perception that a post on social media is a sufficient commitment to nurture local talent. We must graduate from voting with likes to voting with real dollars.”
How can the Vogue Singapore Foundation help? Matam-Finn says the all-year round support the foundation can provide is crucial for boosting our creative scene. “The Vogue Singapore Foundation can mentor local talents in every facet of the fashion industry—not only our talented designers, but also our talented craftspeople, entrepreneurs, technologists and more.”
To join our effort to support the local creative scene, here are two ways you can contribute to the Vogue Singapore Foundation.
1. Vogue Studio Prize Draw
Vogue Singapore brings you a special prize draw as part of Vogue Studio, our 360º interactive digital launch event. Running till midnight on 6 December, the prizes to be won include three unique experiences curated by Vogue Singapore, with all proceeds going to the Vogue Singapore Foundation. At $50 per ticket, read on to discover which of the experiences you most want to take home.
Vanda Vogue Singapore dress by Robert Wun
Win an exclusive, collectible Vanda Vogue orchid dress created by designer Robert Wun in collaboration with Vogue Singapore. Designed by Wun as a response to the theme of our debut issue, ‘Arise’, the all-white bespoke dress serves as a symbol of new beginnings. Inspired by Singapore’s national flower, the dress captures Wun’s signature approach to sculptural tailoring, comprising a silk jacquard bodice and silk organza pleats, complete with sport jersey tendrils.
One-on-one session with Christie’s Education
Learn from true fashion experts with an hour-long Christie’s Education private session, where you can ask the specialists at Christie’s any questions you have about the luxury handbag and jewellery world. With a choice between a Christie’s handbag specialist or jewellery art historian, the winner of this prize will walk away with industry-level insights into the fashion universe.
Exclusive fitting of a digital couture garment by The Fabricant
Catch a rare glimpse into the future of fashion with a bespoke fitting of a digital couture garment designed by leading digital fashion house The Fabricant. Made with photo real 3D animation and zero waste, this marvel of design and technology is multifunctional and unisex, featuring a smooth, silk-like texture that can be draped around the wearer’s body in different ways. Show off the exclusive garment in the virtual realm and share it on social media after the digital fitting by The Fabricant on a picture of your choice.
To win one of three unique experiences, purchase your ticket at Vogue Singapore Prize Draw powered by Givergy for Vogue Singapore Foundation.
2. Club Vogue
To support the Vogue Singapore Foundation with a gift that keeps on giving, subscribe to Club Vogue, Vogue Singapore’s very own community of readers who share our mission to drive positive change. Club Vogue members receive an annual print subscription to Vogue Singapore delivered to their doorstep, priority invitation to Vogue events, exclusive gifts, and first dibs on new products.
Joining Club Vogue also means supporting local and regional fashion. A quarter of your annual subscription fee of $150 will go towards the Vogue Singapore Foundation, directly empowering local and regional creatives by providing funding, opportunities and mentorship through the Vogue Prize.
Subscribe to Club Vogue to join our inner circle and support the Vogue Singapore Foundation.