The Kebaya Dress

The kebaya is a tunic that is worn by women in South East Asia. But most would be more familiar with the kebaya dress, part of a Singapore icon thanks to the Singapore Airlines Stewardess, more affectionately known as The Singapore Girl.

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Derived from the Arabic word kaba meaning “clothing” and introduced to Indonesia via the Portuguese language, the term kebaya has come to refer to a garment whose origins appear to be a blouse. (Source)

A beauty of the kebaya lies in its intricate and elaborate designs. Most of which the embellishments are painstakingly hand-sewn on and thus, demanding a hefty price tag.

Even celebrities like Lady Gaga can’t resist the lure of a gorgeous kebaya.

The kebaya has evolved constantly to keep up with the changing times of fashion. Designers are adding a breath of life into the traditional costume while still maintaining its roots.

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