Jack Ma invited to strut catwalk in Thai silk extravaganza
Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has been invited to strut the catwalk for the "Celebration of Silk, Thai Silk Road to The World 2019" in Bangkok later this month, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Thursday.
Ambassadors from 71 of the 80 embassies in Thailand will attend the event's gala fashion show at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall on the evening of Nov 23, he said.
It will feature silk produced by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques, in outfits conceived by more than 60 designers from countries around the world, he said.
If Mr Ma can't make it to the catwalk show, he might participate in other activities at the event, the deputy premier said.
The "Thai Silk Road to the World" is the ninth in a series of annual events to mark the contribution of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother to the promotion of Thai silk.
Meanwhile, the Second International Thai Silk Fashion Week will be held at the Eden Zone 1 at CentralWorld on Nov 18-22.
Featured will be silk attire from around the world, Edward Kiti, project director and president of the Tourist Assistance Foundation announced.
Accompanying events will include a textile show by foreign and Thai designers and "The First Next Big Designer Contest", which will provide university students with the chance to showcase their creativity with contemporary Thai silk designs.
Thai Silk Fashion Week will feature 27 fashion shows decked out by 30 Thai designers and 42 of their foreign counterparts.