- MA Fashion Curation (Distinction), London College of Fashion, UK
- BA (Honours) Fashion Design, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Daniela Monasterios Tan is an accomplished fashion researcher and curator, specialising in the cultural and social significance of fashion. With a background in Fashion Curation studies from the London College of Fashion, she has gained valuable experience supporting curators and archivists in research and costume mounting. Her contributions have been featured in prestigious institutions such as The Barbican, Frida Kahlo Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Palais Galliera and Westminster University Menswear Archive.
In addition to her curatorial work, Daniela co-hosts the vodcast In the Vitrine with Dr. Nadya Wang, exploring the business, culture and pleasures of fashion with a specific focus on Singapore, Asia and beyond. She also collaborates with artist Stephanie J Burt on the collective A Stubborn Bloom, delving into femininity through the media of fashion, film and material culture. Their collaboration has resulted in a compelling series of films and earned them recognition as the National Library Board's Creative Residents in 2022.
In 2012, Daniela co-founded the fashion collective MASH-UP with Shaf Amis’aabudin and Nathanael Ng. The collective was awarded a seed grant and was part of the business incubator project Parco Next Next. The label participated in fashion shows in Singapore and Bangkok, and found commercial success regionally.
Daniela's academic contributions extend to publishing and presenting at prominent conferences such as Cumulus. Her work has been featured in publications like Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive and Critical Mass. She is a sought-after voice in contemporary fashion, frequently sought by fashion journalists for her insightful perspectives.
As a fashion design and theory lecturer at the bachelor's level, Daniela possesses a strong combination of industry knowledge, communication skills, creativity, research abilities and a collaborative mindset to effectively educate and inspire aspiring fashion professionals.