Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World

Mask by Raymond Wong

This mask marks a COVID-19 trend of matching masks with outfits. In 2020, Singaporean Peranakan Chinese designer Raymond Wong received many orders for the goldfish mask after it was shown on TV. The goldfish symbolizes abundance and good luck in Peranakan and Chinese culture and became his signature of the year. He is known for preserving Peranakan beadwork and embroidery traditions through Peranakan-style fashion. Peranakan communities trace their ancestry to migrants who married locals in island Southeast Asia with a distinct, hybrid culture.

Raymond Wong, Singapore


Designed in Singapore

Made in Singapore

Silk, glass beads; hand-embroidered

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 


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