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Following Suit: Old Singapore Revisited in Style

This SG50, take a trip back to times gone by in classic suits that transcend trends.

STAMFORD HOUSE, 1983
Dating back to the 1904, the Victorian Renaissance-style Stamford House is now part of lifestyle development Capitol Singapore. Experiencing a stylish rebirth as well are velvet and corduroy. The ’70s fashion mainstays are updated here in a suit that’s just slightly off-kilter.

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Velvet blazer, wool top and corduroy trousers, from Ermenegildo Zegna Couture. 


ARAB STREET, 1960

Festive shopping – the occasion here being Hari Raya Puasa – calls for dressing your best, whether it’s a light shirt and trousers accessorised with a hat, or a sharp double-breasted suit.

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Wool suit, cotton shirt, silk tie and leather sneakers, from Louis Vuitton.


NEW WORLD AMUSEMENT PARK, 1979

A dark suit never goes out of style, although it might have been somewhat out of place in the dynamic atmostphere of New World – amusement park that was home to carousels, cinemas and cabarets.

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Nylon suit, cotton shirt and leather shoes, from Prada.

NATIONAL THEATRE, 1984

The Bee Gees, Johnny Mathis, the Duke Ellington orchestra: These were just a few of the famous acts that performed at the National Theatre during its years of operation from 1963 to 1984. Those dapper entertainers would have approved of the coolly sleek suit shown here.

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Silk suit, cotton shirt and silk tie, from Boss. Leather shoes, from Dolce & Gabbana.

CHANGI VILLAGE, 1972
With its zinc-roofed shops and tree-lined paths, Changi Village was once a bucolic spot for laidback weekends. This stylish checked ensemble, we reckon, would have roused the attention of even the sleepiest storekeeper.
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Silk and wool suit, cotton shirt and silk pocket square, from Brioni

See how Brioni’s most exclusive Su Misura suit is put together here.
FULLERTON BUILDING, 1956
Whether you visit Fullerton Hotel today or were headed there five decades ago – when the building was home to institutions like the Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore Club and the General Post Office – a double-breasted works equally well.
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Wool suit and cotton shirt, from Tod’s. Silk tie, from Dolce and Gabbana.

SENTOSA MUSICAL FOUNTAIN, 1982
Get gussied up to take in the sights and sounds of the Musical Fountain shows at Sentosa. From 1982 up till its closure in 2007, the venue hosted five different shows, each telling various tales through multimedia displays.
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Cotton blazer, cotton polo shirt, cotton trousers, cotton tie and silk pocket square, from Alfred Dunhill.

CAPITOL CINEMA, 1978
In a sleek fit, a silk suit receives top billing, no bells and whistles required. Quite unlike the movie posters of the past, which competed for cinemagoers’ attention in vibrant Technicolor.
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Silk suit, cotton shirt and silk tie, from Dolce & Gabbana.
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