Fashion fit for a queen

The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles kicked off what will be a year of activities to mark Her Majesty's 84th birthday.

The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles will be hosting activities throughout 2016 to mark the 84th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The events will also serve to highlight Her Majesty’s lifetime dedication to preserving Thai arts and crafts, textiles and other elements of cultural heritage.

Jintana Juntong, Achara Pipatanasai, Penlaksana Patimapragorn, Thanpuying Supornpen Luangthepnimith, Thanpuying Jarungjit Teekara, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul and Watcharaporn Kreu-Ngam.

The QSMT Celebration will showcase cultural arts to both Thais and foreigners, as well as encourage the public to participate and to learn more about the museum and Her Majesty’s work.

The launch of the QSMT Celebration was held at the museum, in the Ratsadakorn-
bhibhathana Building on the grounds of the Grand Palace, and was presided over by Thanpuying Charungjit Teekara, deputy private secretary to Her Majesty.

In June, the “7th Art of the Kingdom” exhibition will be held, featuring the spectacular new pavilion by the Support Foundation called Reun Yod Borom Mangalanusawari.

In August, QSMT will host “Fit for a Queen” showcasing the exquisite creations of Pierre Balmain for Her Majesty during Their Majesties’ state visits to the US and Europe from 1960-1982. The wardrobe covered every season, and reflected not only Her Majesty’s impeccable fashion taste but also Balmain’s classically elegant style and perfect cutting.

Also in August will be a display of artworks of textile creations by six hill tribespeople at the Queen’s Gallery.

All these three events will be presided over by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

This will be followed in November by an exhibition on the lavish creation of Royal Khon costume at QSMT, which will also feature a sneak preview of the upcoming Royal Khon performance which will be performed late this year.

The year-long celebration will wrap with “Silk Festival 2016”, taking place at Suan Amporn Garden. This is a revival of the annual Silk Festival which used to be organised annually at Sakon Nakhon’s Phu Phan Rajanivet Palace, but was suspended for the past few years as Her Majesty’s frail health prevented her from visiting the Northeast.

As before, the festival will feature a fashion show of gowns by well-known Thai designers  using silk from the Support Foundation. This aims to carry on Her Majesty’s dedication to preserving Thai textiles and to raise awareness among the younger generation on the beauty of Thai fabrics, as well as to encourage people to use more local fabrics in daily life.

The launch event ended with a demonstration of khon masked dance and a “Thai textiles in the World of Fashion” show by leading local brands Wisharawish, Sanchai, Real, Hook’s by Prapakas, Chai Gold Label and T-Ra.

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