Women lawyers do the catwalk at Law Society's charity gala

SINGAPORE - 10 women lawyers took to the stage as fashion models to raise funds for the Pro Bono Services Office at the Law Society's charity gala dinner held at Shangri-La Hotel in November.

The fashion show was part of the programme that evening to help raise funds for the office which is an initiative by the Law Society of Singapore. The Pro Bono Services Office offers free legal assistance to the community and ensures access to justice for all.

During the Shanghai Nights theme dinner, the lawyers debuted Singapore-based label Ong Shunmugam's latest capsule collection which featured outfits with Priscilla Shunmugam's signature Asian-infused looks and distinctive cheongsam collars.

The dresses are available for sale and has outfits for office and evening wear. During the fashion show, the lawyers presented some of the cheongsams which included a knee-length number with flowery prints, and a more modern version with a flared skirt and another, with a mid-thigh hemline. There were also monochrome coloured looks suited for the office such as a loose-fitted peplum top and colour-block one piece dresses.

According to a post by the designer, a former lawyer herself, Priscilla Shunmugam said that the collection comprises of her label's best-sellers and came in colours of the legal profession. She also added that 50 per cent of the sale proceeds will go towards the initiative.

Shunmugam, who presented a collection at this year's Audi Fashion Week, said that she did pro bono work after graduating from law school. She posted on her label's Facebook page that it was a chance for her to put what she learnt to 'a purposeful use'.

Even though she has left the profession, the 32-year-old Malaysia-born designer said that providing free legal assistance to those in need, 'is still, and in fact, increasingly important'.

The Pro Bono Services Offices is supported by volunteers and financed by contributions from lawyers, law practices, donations and stakeholders such as the Ministry of Law, the Subordinate Courts and the Singapore Academy of Law.