PAN PAN GONG
Pan Pan was born in the very city where some of the lightest, earliest and finest silk garments in Chinese history dating over 2,000 years ago were unearthed.
She uses photos and social media to tell the visual story of ancient Chinese artforms and material culture, and their inherent connectedness to the rest of the world. She also has a healthy collection of replica dresses and textiles spanning over 2,000 years in style and craft.
She specialises in research, education, photography, styling and editorial related to the Chinese culture and fashion history and also one of the few in the world to be writing about them in English for international audiences.
Ms Gong runs the Visitor Experience and volunteers programme at the National Museum of Singapore and has also managed the Singapore HeritageFest.
She first discovered hanfu in 2015, in China where she had her wedding shoot, which had a session where she wore traditional Chinese dresses. Half a year later, she chanced upon similar dresses in an online shop and picked up a few, sparking her hobby of recreating the different hanfu looks.
Han Chinese make up more than 90% of the Chinese population today, with an ancestry that dates back about 3,000 years. Given her passion for history and culture, Ms Gong has found that the best way for her to understand her roots is through hanfu.