15 Jun 2019 - 15 Sep 2019



10.00 - 7.00 PM

10.00 - 9.00 PM

Getting Here
5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

More Info

Access to the museum may be affected by road closures for NDP 2019.
Singaporeans & Permanent Residents | $12
Foreign Residents & Tourists | $20

Tickets available for sale on-site at ACM and online at SISTIC

Curator Tours

Wednesdays, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August
7.30 to 8.30pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
$40 per person

Exhibition Curator Jackie Yoong brings visitors through the spectacular world of historical and contemporary Chinese design, juxtaposing embroidered masterworks by Guo Pei, China’s foremost couturière, with Chinese artworks from the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Guo Pei’s dramatic, sculptural gowns reflect influences from growing up in Beijing surrounded by Chinese imperial art and mythology. Her designs reflect her Beijing childhood, overseas experiences, and ideas about art. Exploring her impact on everyday lives beyond the runway, the exhibition presents several of Guo Pei’s intricate Chinese bridal gowns – including two directly inspired by artworks in the ACM collection.

This special tour happens after-hours, when the museum is closed to the public. Entry is solely for registered participants, and tour fees cover access to all galleries.

About the Curator
Curator, Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum

Jackie Yoong is curator of Asian fashion and textiles and Peranakan art at the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum. She co-curated the traveling exhibitions on Peranakan art to the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris (2010) and the National Museum of Korea, Seoul (2013). In Singapore, she worked on the exhibitions Great Peranakans (2015), Sarong Kebaya (2011) and Nyonya Needlework (2016). In 2019, she is curating the special exhibition Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture, and the upcoming permanent gallery on Asian fashion and textiles. Jackie graduated with a M.A. in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London; on the SOAS-Alphawood scholarship.


Guided Tours


Tours are conducted by our museum docents and volunteers, and last about an hour.

Guided tours begin from 21 June 2019.


Mon to Fri

11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm

Sat & Sun

11.30am, 1.30pm






Sat & Sun



Mon & Wed (starts 1 Jul)


Every 3rd and 4th Saturday (starts 6 Jul)



Every 2nd Tuesday & 4th Thursday (starts 27 June)



Asian Culture & Music Series: A Night at the Chinese Opera

Friday, 28 June, 6 to 9pm
Saturday, 29 June, 1 to 9pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free admission to programmes, 50% discounted entry into Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture

Spend a night at the Chinese Opera with us, and dive deep into the theatrics and spectacle of this cultural treasure! For two nights only, the museum plays host to a kaleidoscopic showcase across song and dance, live music, martial arts, film, colourful costumes, and more. Go backstage with a pioneering opera troupe, or be transformed into a Chinese Opera superstar through workshops, elaborate costumes, and the iconic stage make-up.

From traditional performances to modern renditions, be swept away by the dynamic colours, music, and theatre of the Chinese Opera!


Saturdays@ACM: Wear Art Thou?

Saturday, 29 June
1 to 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free admission to programmes, 50% off ticket to Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Culture

Let your imagination run wild as dragons and phoenixes come to live in this immersive drama performance. Then try to spot them hidden in the galleries, as you visit ACM’s new special exhibition, Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture. Then make your own dragon and phoenix plushies to take home!


ACM Symposium: Curating Fashion and Textiles

Monday, 8 July, 6.15 to 8pm
Tuesday, 9 July, 2 to 7pm
Asian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium

In preparation for a permanent gallery of Asian fashion and textiles at the museum, the Asian Civilisations Museum brings together directors and curators of leading fashion and textiles museums to share and discuss curatorial approaches. ACM hopes to tell relevant and engaging stories about the rotating displays in this new gallery. The most popular narratives worldwide concern national styles and individual designer creativity. But in recent years, some museums have also presented displays highlighting cross-cultural influences in fashion and textiles, past to present. Alternative possibilities beyond the national framework are growing, inviting thoughts on what may constitute “global fashion” today.


Monday, 8 July 2019


Welcome by Kennie Ting, Director of Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum

Keynote lecture by Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, The Museum at FIT, New York
On curating “Global Fashion”

End of programme


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Panel on Asia (30 mins each)

Akiko Fukai, Director and Curator Emeritus, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Kyoto
Exchange in aesthetics between Japan and the West: Through kimono and fashion

Shine Xu, Curator, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou
China National Silk Museum: From archaeological to contemporary

Mai Piyavara Teekara Natenoi, Director, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok
Royal and global connections: Presenting fashion and textiles at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Jackie Yoong, Curator, Asian Fashion and Textiles, Asian Civilisations Museum
Towards a permanent gallery of Asian fashion and textiles at the Asian Civilisations Museum

Roundtable discussion

Tea break

Panel on Europe (30 min each)

Miren Arzalluz, Director, Palais Galliera, Paris
Collecting, exhibiting: A history of fashion at Palais Galliera

Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière, Chief Curator for Modern and Contemporary Fashion, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris
Fashion and textile collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Circe Henestrosa, Head, School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore; Co-Curator of Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up (2018) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Curating Frida

Roundtable discussion

End of programme


Style it up at Chinese Art & Couture Weekend Festival

Friday, 26 July, 6 to 10pm
Saturday, 27 July, 12pm to 10pm
Free Admission to programmes, 50% discounted entry into Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture

Strut your way into the museum for a stylish weekend of Instagram-worthy moments, fashion brands, creative workshops, hands-on activities, special film screenings, and get close to fashion industry experts and dazzling intricate designs. Be inspired by the world of maximalist fashion, and bring home a little fantasy and magic – for one weekend only!


Saturdays@ACM: Too Haute to Handle

Saturday, 27 July
1 to 5pm
Asian Civilisations Museum
Free admission to programmes, 50% off ticket to Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Culture

Immerse yourself in high fashion inspired by the rich cultures of Asia. Create your own fashion accessory, and learn about the exchange of fabrics between Asia and the world in the interactive drama performance. While here, visit the special exhibition Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture to view one-of-a-kind outfits.

Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture
Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture
Jackie Yoong
ISBN: 978-981-14-1782-5
Paperback, 212pp.
Price: $65

Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture includes full-clour images of everything in the exhibition. Highlights are the gorgeous images and closeups of Guo Pei’s dramatic, sculptural gowns made specially for this book by world-renowned Singaporean photographer Russel Wong. An essay by curator Jackie Yoong surveys Guo Pei’s career so far. The exhibition and catalogue invite contemplation on how Guo Pei references and reimagines Chinese art and tradition for China and the world today.