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Eddie Lau is a legendary figure in the world of Hong Kong fashion. From humble beginnings, he went to London to study fashion design in the early 1970s and, after graduating, was invited to participate in Hong Kong Ready-to-Wear Festival, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and a premier fashion show in London. Through great determination and hard work, Eddie established an international reputation that also brought recognition for Hong Kong. But he has always been more than just a fashion designer: famously creating the "ever-changing Anita Mui", he pioneered the idea of image design in the local music and entertainment world.

With Eddie Lau’s generous donation of his archive, including fashion designs, stage costumes, sketches and photographs, and the support from his friends and other organisations, Hong Kong Heritage Museum presented an exhibition named “他 FASHION 傳奇 EDDIE LAU 她 IMAGE 百變 劉培基” from July 2013 to January 2014. Exhibits included “EDDIE LAU - East is Red” and “KAI” collections, uniforms for Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair, as well as haute couture for celebrities such as Pak Suet-sin, Michelle Yeoh, Liza Wang and Eunice Lam. The exhibition showcased a collection of stage costumes created for Anita Mui and concert outfits worn by Roman Tam, Denise Ho and William So, while other highlights included many photographs and video records of interviews and a comprehensive review of Eddie’s designs extending from 1962 to 2012. Constituting a major fashion design collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, these exhibits will not only let visitors know the local fashion design scene and enjoy the collective memory of Cantopop, but also to understand the dedication of Hong Kong people to getting on in life – a spirit embodied in Eddie Lau.

Materials for this collection largely come from the above said exhibition, comprising texts, photographs and audios, to witness the achievements and the legend of Eddie Lau in Hong Kong’s fashion industry.