Daniela Monasterios Tan


Daniela Monasterios Tan

Lecturer, Fashion
  • MA Fashion Curation (Distinction), London College of Fashion, UK
  • BA Fashion Design, Open University (LASALLE College of the Arts), Awarded in Singapore
  • Diploma in Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

Fluent in Spanish and English, Daniela is a research-based fashion designer, curator, researcher and a creative practitioner with nine years of regional and international work experience in the fashion industry. She is interested in both the materiality of fashion and production methods, as well as the semiology, political, sentimental, contextual and social aspects of Fashion. Her research finds its way into fashion collections, textile work, exhibitions, workshops and written research.

Her current interest in material culture studies led her to focus her MA thesis on practices of wear that until recently, have been ignored in fashion history writing. (In)Visible Mending proposed an examination of mending’s position in social history and as an aesthetic consideration that influenced experimental fashion from the 1980s.

Daniela co-founded Mash-Up in 2012 with LASALLE graduates Nat Ng and Shaf Amis’aabudin. The collective creates fashion collections that engage with sub-cultural and ethnic semiology and techniques, creating commercially viable items that are incorporated into the youth culture in Singapore. Fun, tongue-in-cheek and wearable, Mash-Up also created workshops and events that engaged mainly millennial customers and added to Singapore’s cultural landscape.

Professional Practice
  • 2017: Selected as resident artist at Funan Showsuite, Singapore
  • 2016: Selected for Made in Asia pop-up in New York
  • 2016: Nominated for Best Emerging Designer
  • 2015 & 2014: Participated in Fashion Weeks: Digital Fashion Week
  • 2014: Bangkok Fashion Week
  • 2013 & 2012: Audi Fashion Festival
  • 2013 & 2012: One of the best performing PARCO next NEXT designers
  • 2012: Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur of local fashion label Mash-Up till today
  • Held textile and design workshops with National Library Board, H&M, Gap, German School Singapore

German School Singapore

  • Recipient of SPRING Singapore start-up grant
  • Selected to design three seasons of Feel the S.E.A. T-shirts for Uniqlo
  • Collaborated with Uniqlo, TOPSHOP, Lomography and Pioneer


  • 2017: Affordable Art Fair, London
  • 2016: Canopy Market, King’s Cross, London
  • 2016: Selected as a Made in Arts London artist

Curatorial Work

  • 2016: Stories from the Attic, London
  • 2016: Renewal, Chelsea College of Arts, London

Community Project

  • 2014: Assistant at Migrant Worker Poetry Competition (Founded by Shivaji Das)
  • 2012: Workshops with tribes-hill women in Chiang Mai, IMPECT