If a sudden illness had run rampant at Royal Paragon Hall last Thursday, it would have been the death of Thailand’s entire fashion industry, as bigwigs and socialite royalty returned to witness the latest Sirivannavari collection presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the brand’s creative director. Involved with every step of the process — from sketching to cutting fabrics, draping and fitting — the Princess has injected much of her own identity into the season’s clothes.
It’s not a coincidence that a grim thought was used to begin this report, as the theme and inspirations for the Sirivannavari Spring/Summer 2014 collection are related to rather ominous things as well.
“The spring/summer 2014 collection is a reflection of my recent personal experiences, most notably of my sickness, be it from my horse-riding accident or other illnesses,” said the Princess. “These experiences are combined with inspirations from my favourite art. As many of you know, art has always been a part of my inspiration and this time I have incorporated elements from works by Leonardo da Vinci, Damien Hirst and Frida Kahlo into the collection through the ‘X-Ray Collage’ print, which is also the collection’s highlight.”
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