80s pop icon Feng Fei Fei and her array of hats

The 1980s pop icon Feng Fei Fei (鳳飛飛), who passed away on January 3, was also known as the ‘Hat Diva’ for the outlandish hats that she wore on stage. Apparently, she has more than 400 hats to her name! I used to like her quite a bit, and particularly loved to check out the hats she wore during performances. She was in a league of her own when it comes to her fashion choices and the elegant hats she wore definitely reflected her impeccable fashion sense.

Hats are not that big in this part of the world but I think they make such a powerful fashion statement and it’s not necessary just at royal weddings. Whether it is a wide-brimmed hat, an asymmetrical hat, an understated headpiece, or a side hat heavily embellished with feathers or flowers, the accessory can add a touch of style or feminine charm to any outfits. And considering our hot weather here, we really could do with hats on our heads!

If you enjoyed Feng Fei Fei’s music or like checking our her hats like me, then tune in to watch “Forever Feng Fei Fei”, Channel 8’s two-part special to pay homage to the late superstar’s legacy, on February 28 and March 6. Apart from gaining some insight into what she was like off the camera, the show will afford viewers an opportunity to walk down memory lane and watch rare archival footage of the singer in her prime, as well as find out what was the very first hat she owned.

Credits: images of Feng Fei Fei were taken from various sources, via Google Images.


  1. Joyce September says:

    My mother has been a fan of hers way before she even met my dad; she’s always going on and on about joining her local fan club and attended a recording of a music variety that will air later today(I think!), which she said is a “great accomplish” to drag then-boyfriend-now-husband along with her LOL!

  2. sesame says:

    Your mom is so cute! But it’s nice to have passion like that…

    She has strong vocals but I’m not exactly a fan of her songs. But I liked to watch her performances on TV back then because of her hats and outfits.

  3. xin says:

    my parents used to listen to her, i can still remember the days when i used to see her hats on the cover of cassettes. oh did i just say cassettes? those were the days.

  4. Audris says:

    I wish there was more of a hat wearing culture in Singapore too? I often look at the hats section when I’m shopping online

  5. sesame says:

    Cassettes? I remember seeing albums in my brother’s collection but cannot remember cassettes…oh wow, cassettes are so eons ago!

  6. sesame says:

    I think hats are brilliant but it’ll be so odd to wear cos no one else wears. I guess I wouldn’t care if I’m less self-conscious.

  7. Destiny says:

    “In the month before she died, Feng insisted on writing greeting cards to fans celebrating their birthdays in January and February, her lawyer said. ”

    That says a lot about her, doesn’t it? She is new to me, but I enjoyed listening to clips on you tube.

  8. sesame says:

    That’s why she is very loved and they’re going to set up a memorial hall for her. Glad you enjoyed the clip – her vocals are very powerful!

  9. Miss Vinny says:

    Ah… I also remember vinyls, walkmans, VCRs, etc. I remember some of the more popular brands of cassette tapes were Maxwell or TDK. Also, a relative of mine owned a handphone that looked more like a giant brick and that was in the late 80s. By the mid to late 90s, handphones started to shrink. Now, they’re smartphones though the battery life is terrible. I should’ve stuck to a non-smartphone.

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