As Blair Waldorf once said, “we make our own fairytales”. Inspired by the over-arching theme of pages, my designs seek to immerse my audience in the world of fairytales again, but perhaps with a refreshed perspective. Fairytales jEXtaPOSED wishes to expose the realities of fairytales, there is often a protagonist and an antagonist, but who is truly evil and who is truly good? The “Protagonist” appears amiable and friendly on the outside, just as how princesses are often portrayed to be. While she maintains her girlish buoyancy, she too, has her dark side that she’s forced to hide. Her inner self desires to reveal itself, but is constantly being suppressed and caged within her façade. The “Antagonist” is constantly being stereotyped as the vampy one who wishes nothing but the worst on others around her. As a woman attempting to maintain power, her beauty is often portrayed as sinister, mature and haughty, but she too, faces an inner struggle where she has an inner good seeking to blossom itself and spread love instead of hate.
Teo Ting Wei is a recent graduate from the SMU School of Law. While she does not have any professional design experience, she used to partake in fashion designing competitions for recycled womenswear back in her high school days. Hence, she believes this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her to reignite and relive her secret passion for fashion design. If not now, then when?