Australian and Indonesian Creatives Side by Side on
Asian Cultural Runway
The Perth Fashion Festival has again championed the international design scene and global trends in womens fashion by showcasing three Australian designers alongside three from Indonesia. Perth labels 33 POETS and Monster Alphabets together with Brisbane label Dogstar featured in the Festival’s International runway last Friday. They shared the runway with Indonesian labels Ali Charisma, AK Project and QUARZIA.
This years International Runway was a celebration of the diversity of fashion creatives whose work is inspired by Asian textiles and culture.
These six very different creative talents in womens fashion were bound together on the one runway through their use of traditional or contemporary textiles and production techniques. These include Indonesian Batiks, traditional Indian embroidery and block printing and Japanese dying techniques. On the runway, Asian inspired silhouettes were also evident, referencing Japanese, Indonesian or Balinese clothing shapes. The Kimono for example, once traditional but now also a contemporary global fashion trend, was visible in the collections of three designers. Namely, QUARZIA, 33 POETS and Dogstar. From traditional Asian textiles and clothing shapes to contemporary global trends, this runway fused many design elements into a refined showcase.
Stemming from the state government’s Asia Cultural Exchange Program, the International Runway is always sophisticated, never predictable and usually very impressive. As it was this time.
From backstage to the runway, here’s what you missed.
Dividing his time between Bali and Jakarta, Ali Charisma’s clients range from Europe to the US and Australia. With three retail outlets in Jakarta, his designs span evening, cocktail and casual wear. As versatile as he is creative, the respected designer presented a selection of his evening wear for this year’s International Runway.
Stocked in Australia and Beijing and with clients across the globe, 33 POETS has always been inspired by Asian textiles and silhouettes. 33 POETS new collection fuses Indian embroidery and Japanese dying techniques.
Known for their unique cuts and impeccable craftsmanship, Dogstar has retail outlets in Brisbane and Melbourne and is stocked across Australia and New Zealand. On the runway, designer Dogstar presented asymmetric cuts, Japanese fabrics and very wide leg pants.
A Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Project NextGen winner of 2016, Monster Alphabets is known for its Japanese aesthetic, fabrics and silhouettes. Minimalistic, colourful, and layered, Monster Alphabets is stocked in Perth and London boutiques.