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19 NOV 1998

Daniel Yam, arguably, Asia’s King of the tie-and-dye dress. His specialty is whipping up a mile-and-a-half of second-skin slink… represented Singapore in the Asian Designer’s Showcase for Fashion Connections for the second time.
From showing the texture of tree bark to creating pieces of sky in his dresses, Yam showed that the ancient Indonesian technique that he has mastered, can look sophisticated and urbane, in the right hands.

By CAT ONG
The Straits Times – Life! section
Thursday, November 19, 1998

 

13 AUG 1998
Dye, dye must tie

For a designer who dresses in black, Yam is obsessed with colour in the figure-hugging, tie-dye dresses he sells through the major department stores in town.
The 35-year-old has been a rag trader for 15 years, first training with a Shanghainese tailor, then designing for local couturier Grace fashion house and working as a buyer at Robinsons before striking out on his own.
This was at the now-defunct Hemispheres, the young designers’ retail workshop created by the Society of Designers and Artists.
Ironically, for a designer most outstanding for his own way of creating patterns with colour, he came to fame with a black collection in a 1985 Ngee Ann City fashion show.
Using terry cloth which was only for towels at the time, he wrapped and tied up a storm of twister dresses in the vein of Japanese designer, Atsuro Tayama.
And made Marie Claire shoes, sponsored for the show, into stunning hats.
It made French designer Jean-Charles Castelbajac comment that Yam’s work was Paris-class which led to mention of his name in Women’s Wear Daily. the international fashion bible.

By CAT ONG
The Straits Times – Life! section
Thursday, August 13, 1998

 

OCT 1996
Fashion – Asia’s Best
Singapore sexy and Hongkong hip stole the spotlight in September’s Fashion Connections catwalk shows

Designer Daniel Yam did Singapore proud for the second year in a row. He wowed the crowd with a stunning collection of nearly-nude gowns made of see-through stretch fabrics in jewel colours. “Brilliant! It’s really international standard stuff,” said a visiting expert.

Her World October Issue 1996

 

22 DEC 1994
Brides of Frankenstein

Tie-dyed distressed pleated dress and tie-dyed “spider-webbed” dress by Daniel Yam

Singapore designer Daniel Yam is among the young braves around the world ushering in a new era in gothic gowns.
Long an advocate of tie-dye for dramatic dressing, he takes the traditional skill one step further by creating cobweb materials for a layered look.

By CAT ONG
The Straits Times
Thursday, December 22, 1994

 

5 NOV 1990
Wear those bold curves

Mr Yam, 29, has designed clothes that are simply sensuous, moulding a woman’s every curve and contour.

His collection made its debut at the Soda Show two weeks ago and caught the eye of fashion journalists.
Among them is the editor of Fashion Weekly (UK) , Ms Karen Falconer. She was so impressed that she snapped up two outfits.

Mr Yam has designed clothes for women to use ‘as a tool to express their feelings’.
He said: ” I don’t want them to be a slave of fashion nor be dictated by my designs.
“I would be most happy to see someone wearing my clothes differently from how they were originally displayed.”
The designs are inspired by the migratory habits of marine creatures such as whales and sharks.

By LOIS NG
The Straits Times
Thursday, December 22, 1994

 

12 MAY 1988
Rising Son
The Straits Times
Thursday, May 12, 1988

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12 MAY 1988
Shoe sequence has experts on their feet

“His clothes can be presented in Paris”
– Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

“He stood out on the runway…what he did was extremely clever. His look is strong and sensual, and it has a unique style. I think it would appeal to the world market.”
– Christine Bookallil, journalist for Women’s Wear Daily

A young Singapore fashion designer’s creativity has caught the eye of international fashion experts at the first Singapore Fashion Week.
Daniel Yam, 26, made 41 outfits and 38 hats in only 10 days for a special shoe sequence in the Singapore Fashion Extravaganza, the fashion week’s opening event.
When the models wearing them sashayed onto the 24-metre-long catwalks at Singapore’s biggest outdoor fashion show at the Ngee Ann Kongsi grounds, top French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac sat up and took notice.
Mr Yam’s clothes ‘can be presented in Paris’, said Mr de Castelbajac, 37, who is one of the world-famous fashion designers here for the fashion week.
“He stood out on the runway,” said Ms Christine Bookallil, a journalist for Women’s Wear Daily, regarded as the No. 1 journal in the international fashion trade, who is one of about 20 foreign journalists covering the week.
“What he did was extremely clever,” she added. “His look was strong and sensual, and it has a unique style. I think it would appeal to the world market.”

By JOHN de SOUZA and CATHERINE ONG
The Straits Times
Thursday, May 12, 1988