If there is one thing we’ve learnt from fashion, it’s that ANY material works in making apparel. From Hussein Chalayan’s use of plexiglass and soil to the candy confections of McQueen and Posen, they sky really is the limit when it comes to fashion. However, we have never seen something quite like this.

That’s right, ladies and gents: post-it notes. These paper garments were showcased as part of the launch of this year’s Speak Good English Movment on September 27 at Food for Thought located at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Of course, gracing the occasion was Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Community and the Arts (and he speaks very well, thank you). The paper garments were designed by fashion students from the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) and the Raffles Design Institute.

The designs were inspired by thoughts about the English language and quotes from designers like Coco Chanel and Paul Smith. We didn’t hear Yves Saint Laurent’s famous “Fashions fade, style is eternal quote”, but we did see five designs made by third year Degree in Fashion Design student Lee Min Yi from Raffles Design Institute. Her designs range in inspiration from the advent of time to today’s superhero-like modern woman. A colour riot was on display and it comes as no surprise; Min Yi herself is inspired by designers and artwork that are light-hearted and playful.

“It did not take as long as I expected; almost 4 hours to stick each post-it on with glue,” said Min Yi with regards to the stacked post-it train of a dress resplendent in bright colours. When quizzed about her chances in the fashion industry post-degree, Min Yi was hopeful. “There are some notable fashion designers in Singapore like Ashley Isham, so I think there’s a high chance for Singaporean (designers). As long as you work hard, there’s a way out there for you to gain fame in the fashion world.”

Part of the activites: An Instagram event where users can send in their favourite quotes on post-its using #goodenglishsticks (Credit: Kenneth Wong)

Part of the activites: An Instagram event where users can send in their favourite quotes on post-its using #goodenglishsticks (Credit: Kenneth Wong)

Another touring exhibit is a collection of wall murals created out of sticky notes from MDIS and Raffles College of Higher Education students. The murals are based on themes of figure of speech such as “Great minds think alike”. (We’ll leave you to match said figure of speech to mural.) While the fashion showcase will be located at shopping malls like nex and Bugis+ for the next five weeks, murals will be hosted at places such as the National Library and Sticky’s JCube outlet in September and October.

More information can be found at the SGEM website at www.goodenglish.org.sg.