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Vintage Storyteller with a Twist: Suzanne Lim

Suzanne Lim Vintage Storyteller Malaysia
Suzanne Lim takes on the seasons of the past with a fresh modern twist

As a graphic and event designer, Suzanne Lim is constantly trying to find new ways to tell a story. Not one to see the past as merely just the past, Lim wholeheartedly embraces it and translates these stories of the past into modern tales with her unique flair in fashion.

What is it about the 30s, 40s and 50s that fascinates you?

It's fashion, architecture, design, dance and music — pretty much all of its aesthetic!

How did you develop your niche in vintage storytelling?

I started my interest in wanting to create awareness of heritage architecture and vintage culture. I thought, why not present it by combining vintage fashion or graphics to create a clearer and more interesting vision of what heritage buildings or life are like in the past during its original time and context?

What's one vintage fashion trend that is coming back into the spotlight that you absolutely love?

The dramatic balloon sleeve or what we know today as a lantern sleeve. This was once a popular silhouette in the 1930s.

If you could go back and live during a specific historical time, when would that be and why?

I would want to visit the 40's as I want to experience and understand the hardship our ancestor's faced during World War II.

Also because it's a time where women entering the workforce and contributing to warfare becomes a pride. It's rare in the past to see women given equal opportunity as men.

I started my interest in wanting to create awareness of heritage architecture and vintage culture.

What is your go-to place to source for vintage apparel and trinkets?

I source most of my vintage apparel online via Etsy and Instagram. I do also get some apparels from a collector, Lone who has a store called Vinter Vintage in KL which specialises in vintage and antiques from Scandinavia.

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