When you’re not floating around as a ghoul, tottering around in your clown shoes or joining the snaking two-hour long queue at Butter Factory this weekend, you may want to consider a cultural respite from all the Halloween hype.

Gucci is holding its Bamboo Retrospective Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands this weekend, a rare treat to behold for style aficionados. Prior to making its grand debut in Singapore, the exhibition travelled to different parts of Europe and Tokyo and Taiwan.

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The travelling exhibition is dedicated to showcasing the iconic Gucci Bamboo  bag and its singular heritage. Purveying bag lovers around the world with an emblem of timelessness in 1947, the original Gucci Bamboo bag has come a long way since. It all started with a clever twist of a Japanese-imported bamboo cane, heated and bent into a semi-circle and affixed as a decorative handle on structured pigskin. Throughout the 1950’s and the 1960’s, numerous celebrities and influential stars like Ingrid Bergman and Vanessa Redgrave have been spotted donning the Bamboo bag.

Early this year for their Spring/Summer collection, Frida Giannini launched The New Bamboo, a 21st Century reinterpretation of Gucci’s proud classic, with tweaks made to its size, stitching and additional details such as an extra metal chain strap and bamboo fringe tassels.

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The successful use of bamboo has also diverted Gucci’s attention to incorporating the exclusive material into men’s loafers as well.

This Italian label has 63 years of history, and you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to witness Gucci’s long-standing traditions and modern day allure captured on our shores. The exhibition will also feature vintage products for men, from Gucci’s very own personal archives.

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After all, what better way is there to understand the evolution of fashion than to be immersed in the history of one of the world’s most sought-after brands?

Who knows, it may even start you thinking about next year’s October 31st costume.

So you don’t end up in Woodlands or go when it’s closed:

Event title: Gucci – Bamboo Retrospective Exhibition
Duration: Saturday, 30th 2010 to Thursday, November 4th 2010
Location: Platform over Canal at B2, Marina Bay Sands
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Nearest MRT station: NS27 Marina Bay
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm, daily.
Admission is free.

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