A wetsuit, a mermaid costume, clown attire, a T shirt of the Liverpool Football club and an imperial Chinese robe are among a range of outfits chosen by some of the 23 people participating in The Last Outfit, a photo project in the island city-state.
'Dressing is a way of life and even at death, our clothes can be a statement of who we are,' says Lee Poh Wah, CEO, Lien Foundation, a philanthropic house.
The project, an extension of the Life Before Death initiative of the same foundation seeks to remove the taboo of death and enthuse people to view life and death differently.
'Each exit outfit is one that best expresses the subject's unique life. Their outfits and candid attitude have given us a fresh and fun perspective on how to deal with death. If there's something like funeral fashion, they are setting a trend by wearing their souls on their sleeves,' says Poh Wah.
Eight photographers of the newspaper captured the passion behind each subject's reflection on his or her own mortality.
'We are glad that our subjects were willing to put aside their superstitions and participate in this project. It wasn't easy to convince people to talk about death, much less photograph them in their last outfit,' says chief photographer Wang Hui Fen.
'We hope that through this project, the stigma of death will be reduced. People need to understand that talking about death is not going to kill you,' he says.
For 46 year-old cancer patient Madam Foo Piao Lin, one of the subjects of the project the final curtain call came early. The Last Outfit project fulfilled her last wish by outfitting her in a chenogsam that she had always wanted to wear.
Rather than leave it to chance or for others to decide, Madam Foo took responsibility for her final affairs before passing away on August 1, 2011.
'There can be brilliance in the shadows of death. Her family was fortunate to be part of her good-bye plans,' says Lee.
Other subjects in the project shared Madam Foo's plucky attitude. They not only donned their last outfits with bravura, they saw it as a fitting way to proclaim a last hurrah to mark their final epic.
'These are the most elaborate costumes we have for our performances. When we die, we want to be remembered as performers,' says part-time Chinese opera singers, Koh Goh Eng and his wife, Lam Chin Shin.