The Cheongsam Grandmaster – Peter Kor

I have written about Peter Kor of Studio 55 in a previous post “The Search For Cheongsams Continues …” dated 23 Aug 2014, but I didn’t include any pictures then. When I went to see him before the Chinese New Year to make the request for photos, I was a little surprised to learn that he had read the post though I didn’t  give him my blog name. It turns out to be a good thing, as he readily agreed to my request.

Studio 55 is located at 15 Purvis street in a non-descript shop which is not easy to spot. (It is opposite Killiney coffee joint by the way) In the day time, the surrounding area can get really warm with so much concrete around and hardly any greenery. But inside the cool and spacious boutique, it was relaxing and soothing, and this makes a pleasant shopping experience.

Peter is the owner and designer at Studio 55, and he has two seamstresses working for him. He is a person who speaks his mind. He admitted during the short chat that he had self doubts sometimes, and for a long tine, he wondered if he was truly creative. It was only recently that he finally affirmed it to himself. He is also one who strives for perfection. He likes the challenge of tackling difficult designs, and so he finds that the modern cheongsam with flare skirt is not particularly interesting.

I used to think that Shanghai Tang has the most sophisticated cheongsam collections, but after seeing those from Peter and Laichan, I have to say the latters’ collections are just as good, and in terms of craftsmanship, an edge over ST. Case in point in this stylish red linen dress with amazing nipped-in details on the tummy, which is really gorgeous. The  lace covering the collar and running along the hemline makes the dress really elegant as well. It also comes in purple color, which I saw a customer trying it on and I must say she looked fabulous. (The dress is S$499 if my memory serves me right.)
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Look at the details that go into the underside!
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An amazing cheongsam with kimono print and an  interesting tie on the left waist.
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Another version of the dress with lace covering the collar and the right shoulder.
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The interesting waist tie.
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The lace covered collar.
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The skilled tailoring seen in the underside seam.
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A different version of the floral printed cheongsam dress, with lace on the  collar and right shoulder.
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The same design comes in a beautiful blue floral print as well.
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Peter wanted to challenge the notion that horizontal lines make you fat, and so created this interesting cheongsam which he described as looking like a rugby shirt.
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There is also the vertical stripey dress, which is good for work wear.
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The dresses, though not unique, come only in one piece of small, medium and large each. So yoi can say they are rather exclusive.

I have sent Peter the list of Q&A (like the one sent to Laichan), but he was too busy to answer them except for one question. In a few articles on him, he was mentioned to be deeply influenced by the famous Japanese designers, such as Issey Miyaki.  So I asked if his cheongsams were also influenced by them and they were not.

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