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A Peranakan Affair With Amanda Lee Weddings
On 23 February 2014, a very unique wedding showcase celebrating local Peranakan culture took place in the heart of Katong at the new Village Hotel Katong. Couples enjoyed a sensory and culinary delight that Sunday afternoon and if you’ve missed out on it, we’ve got the highlights of the showcase right here for you.
Traditional Peranakan heritage is most prevalent in the Joo Chiat and Katong district in Singapore and what better way to celebrate this local culture than a Peranakan themed wedding showcase at a hotel nestled right where its flavour is at its strongest. The flagship Village hotel, Village Hotel Katong, played host to A Timeless Bloom on 23 February, where couples were invited to the ballroom for an afternoon of mingling with the hotel’s bridal partners and a high tea reception.
Couples got to learn more about the wedding vendors present that afternoon as they were invited to share the stage with the afternoon’s host, Vernetta Lopez, and introduce their services and impart essential wedding tips for the roomful of couples. Among them, Amanda Lee from Amanda Lee Weddings was on stage sharing her experience with wedding gowns and the inspirations behind her latest Peranakan inspired gowns. “I was looking for something more traditional and rooted in Asian and especially Singaporean culture as an inspiration, and with the Peranakan culture so close to our hearts, I decided to experiment with the Peranakan Kebaya instead of the Cheongsam,” Amanda explains.
Well known for her unique and contemporary designs, couples had the privilege to feast their eyes on the four Peranakan inspired wedding and evening gowns Amanda Lee specially designed for the showcase. Like her contemporary take on the traditional Chinese Cheongsam, Amanda doesn’t disappoint with her modern interpretation of the Peranakan Kebaya by incorporating traditional elements such as the semi-transparent Kebaya blouse, floral embroidery and bold colours in her designs.
Every one of her four gowns are up-to-date and extremely wearable. Featuring two white wedding gowns and two evening gowns, all of them sport a modern interpretation of the Kebaya blouse except for one. The blouse is intricately embroidered with lace, beads and sequins in Peranakan floral designs and boasts detachable sleeves for versatility. Brides can remove the sleeves or change them up with a different blouse or even wear the gown without the blouse for different looks throughout the day. To complement the Peranakan inspired blouses, Amanda keeps the profile of her gowns clean and sleek with trumpet silhouettes in lace and satin.
While all four of her gowns were equally outstanding, the star of the collection was without doubt the high neck illusion white gown. Made of Chantilly lace, intricate beading and hand-sewn floral embroidery details including a gorgeous peacock motif on the train of the skirt, this gown sums up the essence of the Peranakan culture while remaining current. While this one-of-a-kind gown is not for sale, you can still visit Amanda Lee Weddings for a peek at the other three Peranakan inspired gowns featured at the showcase and browse through her latest wedding and evening gown collections.
Amanda Lee Weddings is at 46 Niven Road, Singapore 228394 (by appointment only).
Photo Credits: Tiffany blue gown and last two images of the main showcase by Amanda Lee Weddings.