Tailor Tales: Did you know that during the Hong Kong tailoring industry’s heyday, even foreign heads of state and celebrities including Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and David Bowie came to Hong Kong for custom-made suits? The Mill’s new exhibition “Foreign Fabric Local Looks: A Hong Kong Suit Story” brings you stories from the by-gone era, and a series of interactive talks and workshops for a closer look into the world of tailoring.
Working with The Culturist, the exhibition has interviewed several well-established tailors and explored the development of the suit industry in Hong Kong from their perspectives, including Johny Chiu from JC & Son on his apprenticeship experience, Tony Chang, the second-generation owner of Ascot Chang — whose customers include George H.W. Bush, NBA star Grant Hill, movie star Leonardo DiCaprio!
An exhibition about the city’s tailoring will not be complete without the stories of “The Big 4 Tailors” — A-Man Hing Cheong, H. Baromon, Yee On Tai and Ho Chiu. Don’t miss out on a section about the story of Cheung Wut Hoi, who was known as the King of Hong Kong Suits and the father of superstar Leslie Cheung.
Check out the event page for details on talks and workshops, and snap a photo at the traditional shoe-shine stand — a special recreation for the nostalgia.
Where? The Hall, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan
When? November 5 to 28, 2021
How much? Free!
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