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Lim Wei-Ling, Director of Wei Ling Gallery

Venue: Art Stage Jakarta 2017

Where is your outfit from (i.e. clothes, shoes, accessories)?

All pieces were bought separately from various places, and to be absolutely honest I can’t even remember where some things are from!

The newest addition to the wardrobe is the jacket by Malaysian designer Khoon Hooi, which I bought from “The Studio” which had just opened up next to my gallery at The Gardens Mall, so it makes for a most convenient (but dangerous) place to shop! The flat slip-on shoes were procured from a funky shoe shop in Athens, and my skirt has been sitting in my wardrobe for years — it could be considered vintage!

In my wardrobe, everything is colour coordinated, so this ensemble just sort of fell together as I packed for the fair!

We especially love your necklace, it’s so unusually paired with the rest of the outfit – could you tell us a bit about it?

The necklace is a fun piece made up of 4 crimped flat ribbons that are linked together. A girlfriend picked it up for me on her travels to Hawaii, but I believe you can find similar- type necklaces at museum shops in New York. I thought the colours picked up the lighter pink hues of the skirt and jacket, so I decided to wear it all together.

How do you decide on what to wear to an art fair?

I had actually decided on a Self – Portrait lace top for the opening night, but due to a slight wardrobe malfunction, I ended up wearing this outfit instead. I always like to funk it up a little bit for the preview evenings, with outfits that are formal, yet have an edge.

Tell us a bit about the works you’ve been photographed next to, and why you like them.

We brought 3 Malaysian artists to Jakarta for Art Stage this year. Each of them is separated from the other by a decade, so between the youngest and the oldest, there is a 20- year gap.

The works I am standing in between are pieces made by Hamidi Hadi, the youngest of the three artists.

He is considered the most important abstractionist of his generation and these two works have a somewhat spiritual feel about them as they were made immediately upon the artist’s return from Mecca.

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