Fong Leng (b. 1937), a fashion artist as she likes to call herself, always takes the material as her point of departure: leather, suede, satin, silk. Above all, it must be colourful and shiny. She does not follow a preconceived plan or pattern, but rather comes up with an idea. Sometimes she will ma...ke a small sketch. Fong Leng: ‘Every work grows under my hands.’ She also draws inspiration from her Chinese roots as well as Eastern and Western art forms.
During a visit to Barcelona, Fong Leng was impressed by the work of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), which ultimately found expression in this cloak: a pink satin creation with metal, beads, and embroidered decorations. The tight-fitting bodice is adorned with floral ornaments and the skirt with long, silver tassels.
Text: Renate Ketelaars, guide and museum host
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