Dr Nadya Wang Sin Yee

Academics

Dr Nadya Wang Sin Yee

Lecturer, Fashion
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  • PhD in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
  • Master of Arts (Distinction) in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, National University of Singapore 

 

Nadya teaches in the BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Textiles and BA(Hons) Fashion Media and Industries programmes. She oversees the Cultural and Contextual Studies curriculum, working with a team of lecturers to teach fashion history and theories, as well as academic reading and writing. She is also the industry liaison for the School of Fashion, preparing undergraduates for internships and employment opportunities.

In her professional practice, Nadya is Founder and Editor of Art & Market (A&M), a multimedia platform that presents specialist content on Southeast Asian art and its community’s artistic, business and curatorial pursuits. More recently, she launched Fashion & Market (FAM), which features the interdisciplinary work of Southeast Asian fashion practitioners. 

Together with School of Fashion colleague Daniela Monasterios-Tan, Nadya runs a vodcast In the Vitrine, as part of FAM, where they talk about the business, culture and pleasures of fashion in Singapore, Asia and beyond. Independently, she is the host of From A to Zig-Zag, a podcast featuring creative endeavours in Southeast Asia. 

Nadya was awarded her PhD in History of Art at Courtauld Institute of Art in 2022 for her thesis “Accidental Career Girl to Working Mother of the Year: Her World, Women and the Fashion Industry, 1974-1989”. This was supported by the Academic Qualification Funding scheme at LASALLE.

Professional practice/Research output

Selected writings

Essays

2014: “Beauty and Meanings in the Eye of the Beholder: Yunizar’s Paintings in Perspective”, in Yunizar: The Anthropology of Contemporary Linear and Spatial Art in Central Java, Gajah Gallery.

Conferences 

  • “Cut, Arrange, Paste: Stolen, Ong Shunmugam and the Singapore Fashion Identity” at the Critical Fashion Studies Conference, University of Melbourne, February 2020
  • “Looking In/Out: Designing (Southeast) Asian Fashion for Women since 2011” at the Association of Dress Historians International Conference, October 2017
  • “Fashioning Multiracialism: The Modern Singapore Woman in Her World Magazine in the 1960s” at the Textual Fashion Conference, University of Brighton, July 2015
  • Research interests
    • Dress and identity
    • Women’s magazines
    • Southeast Asian fashion histories 
    • Intersections of fashion and art 
    • Business of art in Southeast Asia
    • Interdisciplinary creative practices