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Monday, February 27, 2006

Looking towards Asia

I have always had an interest in Asian fashion rather than European fashion. This week in Time Asia there is an interesting article about Thailand's rising fashion designers, such as Greyhound, and lingerie designer, Disaya Prakobsantisukh.

The Fashion Student observes 'Australia has a habit of looking to Europe too much for guidance in terms of fashion direction. Although the surf wear market is an example of Australian innovation and identity very much in tune with Australian climate and culture.'

I subscribe to what The fashion Studnet says, and although there are many great designers in Europe, like Japan, Australian needs to look within itself and the surrouding region for guidence.

It is refreshing to see Thailand fusing their culture to modern fashion.As Ilya Garger from Time Asia points out. Senada designer Chanita mines traditional crafts for inspiration, borrowing elements from vintage wallpaper, temple paintings, battle murals, and antique textiles. But she insists that the objective is never to look Thaiā€”it's to be stylish. "We don't want our clothes to look eth-nic," she says. Greyhound's Bhanu takes a similar approach.

Australia does create a lot of great designs, however at the same time, it would be a nice change to see future Australian designers exploring Asia and Australia for inspiration. Rather than turning to their big sisters and brothers.

Hi There,

Thanks for the link !

I too am a big fan of Japanese fashion , and count Rei Kawakubo,Yamamoto, Issey Miyake , Jun Takahashi, Tsumori Chisato and Akira(even though Australia likes to claim him as an Aussie designer!) amongst some of my favourite designers.

Im very interested in the Japenese aestethic / sensibility of Wabi Sabi , and designed a collection in my first year based on these principals.

We have a few stores here in Melbourne that cater to Asian fashion tastes,In particular Genki , but,alas,the look on Melbourne streets is pretty much mainstream!

Your bags are cute, wish you every success with your new venture.

Lol B
Yes I have to agree the look in Melbourne is very mainstream and very conserative when it comes to colours. It always seems to be black, navy, shades of brown and that's about it.

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