‘Pas­sion for Fash­ion’ brings diplo­macy to the run­way

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - KHIN WINE PHYU PHYU khin­wyne­phyu­phyu@mm­times.com

THERE are many ways to com­mem­o­rate a re­la­tion­ship be­tween coun­tries: pa­rades, meet­ings be­tween heads of state and press re­leases, for ex­am­ple.

But to recog­nise the 60th an­niver­sary of friendly re­la­tions be­tween the Philip­pines and Myan­mar, the con­ven­tional com­mem­o­ra­tions are to be thrown out the win­dow. In­stead of the usual pomp and cir­cum­stance, the Myan­mar Fash­ion and De­sign­ers Group (MFDG) and the Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines (FDCP) will hold a fundrais­ing din­ner and fash­ion show for a lo­cal chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

Sched­uled for Septem­ber 17 at Sule Shangri-La Ho­tel, the “Pas­sion for Fash­ion” fash­ion show will fea­ture renowned Myan­mar de­sign­ers Ma My­intsu, Pyi Soe Aung and Ma Pont. Lat Lat, Th­win Su Htwe and Kaung Myat are also ex­pected to show­case their work, mak­ing up a six-per­son Myan­mar con­tin­gent that com­ple­ments a four-de­signer show­ing from the Phillip­pines. Each of the 10 de­sign­ers will show four cos­tumes, said Ma My­intzu dur­ing a Septem­ber 7 press con­fer­ence.

“Dress made from pineap­ple cot­ton fiber will be in­cluded for the Philip­pine con­s­tumes,” she said. “I will use tra­di­tional Myan­mar prod­ucts to cre­ate our cos­tumes. The htine ma thein [Myan­mar tra­di­tional bridal dress] will be dec­o­rated with gems.”

Filip­ina de­sign­ers Len Cabii, Len Ne­po­mu­ceno, Deng Omega-Dias and Tonichi No­com will rep­re­sent their coun­try in the show. Maria Sal­cedo, the Philip­pine Gen­eral Con­sul for Myan­mar, said their pres­ence and con­tri­bu­tion is in­dica­tive of the project’s mis­sion.

“Philip­pines and Myan­mar are ASEAN coun­tries with dif­fer­ent his­tory, cul­ture and work sites,” she said. “But I be­lieve that all will un­der­stand more cul­ture and sys­tem of liv­ing of both coun­tries through cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent fash­ion.”

The show will have three main sec­tions, with tra­di­tional, modern/ con­tem­po­rary and high fash­ion all hav­ing their turn. Tra­di­tional hand­wo­ven cloth and hand­made de­signs will be a sta­ple in all three cat­e­gories, in ac­cor­dance with the cur­rent fash­ions. For US$60, au­di­ence mem­bers can get their ticket to the show. The money raised will be do­nated to Yan­gon Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

As well as the run­way, Myan­mar sou­vienir shops, tex­tile show­cases and tra­di­tional cloth­ing will be avail­able for pur­chase. Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

Photo: Aung Khant

Ma My­intsu, the renowned Myan­mar de­signer, will ap­pear with five other lo­cal de­sign­ers at the Septem­ber 17 fundraiser.

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