Max Tan’s Inspiration

Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying of MAX.TAN: Serious but never severe, minimal but never simple, fragile but never weak. Experiments with quirk cuts and expanding on extremely simple ideas define the MAX.TAN language. Maximising on minimalistic ideas, this complex language results in details that are sometimes blown out of proportion. Much of the label’s attention is paid to tailoring and draping while creating unexpected silhouettes and austere moods. The garments play with volume, modified shape and use, masculine, feminine, oversize, undersized, deconstruction, reconstruction and transformation. These factors form the underlying DNA of MAX.TAN. The label advocates an alternative and quiet fashion lifestyle.

“We are very honoured to be able to work on a classic opera piece, and be given the freedom to re-create and re-imagine such a famous work in a contemporary Asian context. It is an interesting process for us to deconstruct and reinterpret a western opera and balance it with very strong traditional south-east asian elements; at the same time, incorporate Asian cuts and geometric tailoring methods to create a very timeless aesthetic.”


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