> Anuruq Jaidee steers his dream off the runway by letting his passion soar
A Schildren, we have all dreamed about what we wanted to be. From saving the world to more practical ones such as being a doctor, an accountant or a lawyer, every one of us has experienced that innocent wonderment of how we can be anything that we set our mind to.
Although many eventually choose not to pursue their childhood ambition, some stuck to their dream with passion and tenacity. Anuruq Jaidee is an example of the latter group of people.
The 23-year-old has always wanted to be a fashion designer and he has succeeded to do so by winning the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016. The annual regional competition which covers five Asean countries – Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia – recently concluded this year’s edition in Kuala Lumpur.
“Being a fashion designer is what I have been dreaming of since I was a child. I want to see people wearing the clothes that I design. Hence, I’m ecstatic and honoured to win this Asean-level competition where I had to compete with participants from different countries. This is truly an achievement of a lifetime,” said the Thai lad.
Anuruq, who is from the Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, was crowned the winner for his Flame of Ayutthaya collection. In an exclusive email interview with theSun, he shared his story.
Did you ever expect to win the competition? I am sure all of us were hoping to win and it was why we worked as hard as we did. For me, I was happy to be able to represent Thailand so when I won, I was overjoyed as it was unexpected.
Can you tell us more about your winning collection? This collection was inspired by Ayuthaya, a past capital of Thailand. It was a prosperous city in terms of its politics and trade, and extremely vibrant in respect of its art, culture and tradition. The clothing back then was also very distinct and was held in high regard by foreigners who saw it as an extension of the city’s triumph.
I wanted to reflect the Ayutthaya capital in the women’s clothing I designed so I could exemplify its beauty. Moreover, I included Thai touches such as draping since it reflects the breast cloths and wraps of that period of time. I also mixed Thai silk with more modern fabrics while using patterns that symbolise both femininity and prosperity as seen along the shores of the Chao Phraya River.
How would you describe your designing style? My clothes are for modern women who still love their Thai roots, for cosmopolitan women who haven’t left their Thai heritage behind and for women who are proud to be Thai. They are for people who love to dress up and to socialise, that’s why my designs are Urban Chic with a hint of Thai.
If there is one thing that you like about fashion designing, what is it? I like to see people wearing clothes that are designed by me.
What can we expect from you in the future? I want to show Thailand’s uniqueness and distinct beauty to the world and to see people wearing clothes with Thai inspirations.
Anuruq Jaidee is the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2016 winner.