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Bird of Paradise, 1977

After studying photography at the Art Academy in Rotterdam, Fong Leng (b. 1937) established a photo press agency in that city and subsequently also in Amsterdam. In the late 1960s she came into contact with Ross International, which produced knitted fabrics. Even though she had no professional train ... ing she began designing clothes for the company. She found the prevailing fashion boring and dull and ignoring fashion trends created her very own style guided by her imagination. She opened Studio Fong Leng in Amsterdam in 1971 and was an instant hit with Dutch society and fashion aficionados. Fong Leng was the radiant centrepiece, providing music and champagne there every Saturday, and her first two dazzling fashion shows were held there as well. Her colourful creations are generally simply cut, which means that all attention is focused on appliquéd ornamentation and handiwork techniques. This is also evident in the Bird of Paradise cloak, with its large, leather appliqués of colourful exotic birds and blossoming branches. Fong Leng loves motifs from nature; tigers and leopards also feature in her creations, prowling amongst exotic plants and flowers. Text: Renate Ketelaars, guide and museum host
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