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Two fashion houses join up to capture the beauty of Thai textiles

Aug 22. 2019
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By The Nation

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Leading Italian fashion house, Antonio Marras, and SORAPOL, a London-based Thai brand created by Sorapol Chawaphatnakul, have joined together to interpret the beauty of Thai textiles in the “L’Elegante Thai” exhibition, which runs until September 1 at Iconsiam. The event also features pop-up stores of both brands. 

The event was opened on August 20 by Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit, Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Galanti and Iconsiam executives Chadatip Chutrakul and Supoj Chawatsirikul.

The opening ceremony was followed by a fashion show, displaying the two designers’ take on traditional Thai designs and styles, with celebrities bidding for the pieces. Proceeds from the exhibition and sales will be donated to the “Made by Beautiful People” charity project, which creates opportunities for underprivileged artists and autistic children to showcase and sell their designs at Iconcraft. 

Marras and SORAPOL have come up with a mesmerising collection under the concept “World Fashion Craftsmanship: Enriching the Pride of Siam”. 

The Italian brand’s offerings made the most of exquisite Thai fabrics by applying Italian artistry to create uniquely beautiful pieces. The highlight of the Marras collection was a glamourous evening gown with three different shades – grey, burgundy and dark brown – merged together to create an exceptional piece that any woman will be proud to own. 

SORAPOL, meanwhile, took inspiration from the diamond pattern, which has been used in Thai textiles for hundreds of years, by creating and fusing different elements of the pattern with modern techniques. The highlight piece was made using handwoven diamond-patterned Thai fabric cut with a laser and matching it with Italian textile – as if to display a unison of two cultures. 

The exhibition is part of the Thai-Italian Craftmanship Collaboration, which was inspired by the love for refined Thai textiles and craftsmanship, which should be preserved and shared internationally.

Sorapol Chawaphatnakul

Antonio Marras

From left, Chadatip Chutrakul, Jurin Laksanawisit, and Vivan Karnasuta

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