Happiest girl in the world
What in the world made me end up in Bangkok Thailand for this vehicle? Not something I could have imagined during the summer of 2019.
In that particular summer, I received an invitation to the Thai International Fashion Week, and the ‘Celebration of Silk’ event. I was offered a fully paid participation in this event. What? I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the invitation, so I didn’t take too much notice. I thought it was some kind of joke. But then I got a reminder and decided to dive in anyway to see if this was real. And it was! I felt like the luckiest girl in the world and decided to grab this opportunity with both hands. The only thing I had to invest was my time and skills.
Celebration of Silk
Thailand has a rich culture in the production of hand-woven silk fabrics.
On a special night in Bangkok, in a beautiful Royal Navy hall, by the water, with lights all over … and with thousands of special guests, these fabrics formed the backdrop of a special fashion show. In this show, ambassadors and other officials from countries all over the world display a fashion design by a designer from their own country, made from Thai silk.
For this occasion I was invited to dress the Dutch ambassador Kees Rade and his wife Katharina.
This was really a special evening! It was the end of an intensive week of shows (which I will write about later) and the atmosphere was great.
It was truly special to meet Rahima Dirkse, Miss Netherlands 2018, who showed one of my designs that I had created for the fashion week:
Since I was leaving for Thailand without my own photographer, I decided to ask Robbin van Turnhout to capture these clothes in his studio.
For Katharina, I made a dress with loose-fitting strips of fabric. The fabric is deliberately frayed at the sides, making the special colour turquoise visible. Over this, a matching coat. The shoes were expertly lined by shoemaker Van der Sluis. Unfortunately, they did not fit Katharina on arrival in Bangkok. That is the tricky part of working at a distance.
For Kees, I made a silk shirt with a silk suit. For this I only used the graphic middle motif of the fabric, and not the border motifs. This prevented the suit from getting a ‘tribal look’. This makes these clothes not only wearable in Bangkok, but also suitable to wear in The Hague or Amsterdam.