GWOT Clara Yee
Clara Yee, 26, Independent Art Director

Clara made waves when Forbes listed her as one of 2016’s 30 under 30 list of young designers defining fashion and art in Asia. It’s easy to see why – the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduate, was the artistic director behind Singapore Tourism Board’s Singapore: Inside Out, an international multi-disciplinary showcase of Singaporean talents in the fields of design, music, literature, food, and performing arts, which travelled to Beijing, London, New York and back. Clara has also worked with Alexander McQueen, Warner Music, and the Prime Minister’s Office in Singapore, her works garnering media accolades from the likes of Rolling Stones (Mexico), AppleDaily (Taiwan), and DigitalArts (UK).

“Friends refer to my stint at Alexander McQueen as my ‘ghost period’…
I designed scarves for McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection. For days, I sprawled out over large metres of paper, hand-drawing intricate patterns. The hours were long, and nowhere as glamorous as the popular perception of working at a fashion house is.”

“I don’t deal with naysayers and challengers, I like them…
I like that they ask questions that make me blush and doubt myself because those are important. Sometimes, I feel a little sorry that they have to deal with me, because it can be troublesome to work on the edge, and you have to invest a lot more effort to attempt to defy conventions.”

“I try not to let my passion be the fuel…
To me, it is delusional to be wholly driven by passion and the great big message of achieving the ‘dream’. I would rather say this: I am inspired by balance, by hope for the future, by optimism.”

If Clara Yee inspires you, vote for her in The Most Inspiring Award here. You will stand a chance to win prizes worth up to $1,230!

The Great Women Of Our Time 2016 is presented by Skin Inc and co-sponsored by Swarovski.