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One of the most precious and sought-after textiles in the world, Thai silk is a plush symbol of Thai culture.
With its exquisite sheen finishing and resplendent ombre tone, the beauty of Thai silk cannot be imitated. It is one of the reasons why Her Majesty Queen Sirikit decided to champion Thai silk to the rest of the world. In honour of the Queen Mother’s project, The Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Technique of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand (STRONG Foundation), ‘Celebration of Silk’ is held annually in Bangkok. This extravaganza features fashion shows, exhibitions, and markets, and of course, colourful Thai silk.
This year’s edition recently opened with an opening ceremony at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre. Thousands of people including the who’s who of the Thailand dignitaries circuit and the fashion industry attended the event officiated by the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha (sixth from right) and other esteemed guests officiating the ceremony. Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, who is also the Chairman of the event, giving a speech at the start of the ceremony. Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Also in attendance was one of the most revered names in high-fashion shoes, Prof Datuk Jimmy Choo OBE, who presented a specially designed size 7 shoes made from Thai silk courtesy of STRONG Foundation. The foundation also supplied more than 3,000 metres of exquisite silk for the dresses featured during the event, fashion week shows and the exhibition. All outfits were designed by 58 international and Thai designers.
A bevy of swanky and cutting-edge outfits made of Thai silk were paraded by the 2018 Miss Universe contestants and ambassadors and representatives from 48 participating countries. Thirty five beauty queens including Miss Universe Malaysia Samantha Katie James and Miss World Kenya Magline Jeruto glided to and fro, but the crowd truly roared when the winner of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines, came sashaying in a stunning figure-hugging blue creation.
Miss Universe contestants, on stage in beautiful dresses made from Thai silk.Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Peiris Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and wife Chloe Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Opening the finale show of the night were AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes and his wife Chloe in a simple and sleek ensemble by renowned Thai designer Ma Mtc. She is also the creative force behind the dress for Argentina Ambassador for Thailand, H.E. Maria Alicia Cuzzoni De Sonschein. Forget Bella Hadid or Kendall Jenner – it was much more fun to watch the VIPs strutting the runway. Each outfit was designed to reflect on the culture and style of each country.
Now on its eighth year, ‘Celebration of Silk’ aims to educate the world about Thai silk and to promote the use of Thai silk through diplomatic channels. The general public are invited to visit the exhibition at Central World Eden from now until 9 December 2018.
Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Dato’ Jojie Samuel and spouse. Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Kenya Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Patrick Simiyu Wamoto and spouse. Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
Acting Chief of Mission His Excellency Jan Scheer (left) and spouse. Image: travel360.com/Nicky Almasy
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