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The colour, the collar, the cloth or the cut – just one or more of these is enough to inject Chinese cultural elements into your choice of festive outfit.

The Oriental nuances in some of the creations this year are so subtle that they will appeal to all races, not just the Chinese. To help you celebrate our unique multi-ethnicity this Lunar New Year, we did a little boutique-hopping and found that nothing beats tradition when it comes to dressing elegantly.

True to its name, That Special Occasion produces made-to-order wedding, cocktail and evening wear designs. Store owners Anna Lee Rajakumar and Kris Wong, both in their early 30s, gave up jobs in the advertising and corporate world two and a half years ago to follow their hearts.

They abide by a quote taken from Victorian artist, poet and philosopher John Ruskin : “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece”.

In every cheongsam and cocktail gown, That Special Occasion promises exclusivity.

“Every piece is one-off. Even if there is a replication, we will use different fabrics to bring out our clients’ individuality,” Wong says from his boutique which is in Desa Sri Hartamas.

Although it carries off-the-rack designs, most clients step into the boutique for made-to-order pieces. According to Wong, That Special Occasion has a sufficiently broad clientele base to keep the boutique busy all year round.

“From May to June and November to December we get students coming in to order gowns for their proms. From September onwards, our clients are those who want something special for their annual company dinner. Brides-to-be also drop in about this time as the Chinese like to hold their wedding at year’s end,” he adds.