Malaysian pop legend Saloma’s dazzling retro style on display at KL exhibition


An elegant 1960s dress once worn by pop legend Saloma in the film Ragam P. Ramlee released in 1964, is one of the star attractions of the P. Ramlee and Saloma Exhibition at the Fahrenheit88 mall in Kuala Lumpur.

Along with Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s artifacts and memorabilia of her husband, the exhibit also features outfits and accessories once worn by Saloma (real name Salmah Ismail) – who was also known as the “pioneer of the Malay Mode” – which had captivated viewers on the big screen and TV.

At this exhibit, visitors can see them up close, along with 29 artifacts from Saloma’s wardrobe collection.

According to exhibition coordinator Khairunnasya Mohamed Shazali, the shimmering Ragam P. Ramlee silver dress also saw Saloma personally hand-stitch her name (in red letters) with sequins and cylindrical beads.

Additionally, the dress has a back slit, which was designed by the legendary actress with the help of her close friend, Nona Asiah, who sewed the outfit.

“According to her close family and friends, Saloma has always been into fashion and loved sewing sequins and knitting. Most of her outfits were her own creation.

“Besides her beautiful and unique dress designs, Saloma was also famous for her hourglass figure with a 22-inch (56cm) waistline. So we had to order a special mannequin to match the dresses,” she added. .

Also on display at the exhibition are the sunglasses, shoes and handbags of the Bila Larut Malam singer, as well as 18 artifacts belonging to the country’s beloved artist, P. Ramlee, including his typewriter, violin, flute and shoes.

The artifacts were on loan from the National Archives from the P. Ramlee Memorial Library and the P. Ramlee House in Penang.

The exhibition, which ends on May 16, is organized by the National Archives in collaboration with the Fahrenheit88 shopping center. – Bernama


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