Puan Sri Datin Amar Salmah binti Ismail, better known as Saloma, was a local singer and film actress in the 1950s to the 1980s. She became known not only for her talents, but also her sartorial elegance in choosing pieces that put her in the spotlight — making her the trendsetter of her time.
65 of Saloma’s iconic outfits will be exhibited for a limited time. This is an initiative by the National Textile Museum KL to showcase and acknowledge Saloma’s unique taste in fashion, while also serving as inspiration for today’s designers.
Strong, bold, and beautiful.
Saloma was the ‘Marilyn Monroe of the East’ back in the ’50s. At the exhibition, you’ll see a mixture of pieces inspired by both the East and West, from beautifully made kebayas to chic dresses. Who knew peplum tops were already in fashion then?
The Retro Fashion Icon: Saloma exhibition will only be open to the public until 31st October, from 9am-6pm daily at Gallery 2 of the Department of Museums Malaysia.
Listen to her melodious voice and enjoy the picture montage of some of her performance pieces.
Pic credit (cover): SuriaFM