‘Passion for Fashion’ brings diplomacy to the runway
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
Ma Myintsu, the renowned Myanmar designer, will appear with five other local designers at the September 17 fundraiser.