se­bas­tian gu­nawan Turn­ing sil­ver

Per­fect for any fash­ion­ista’s cof­fee ta­ble, Se­baS­tian Gu­naWan’s Whis­per/Roar is a highly ex­clu­sive lim­ited-edi­tion book that tells the story of the cou­turier’s first 25 years in the world of fash­ion de­sign. Nu­rul Widya re­ports

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This year, to cel­e­brate his sil­ver an­niver­sary in the world of cou­ture and fash­ion de­sign, Se­bas­tian Gu­nawan, to­gether with his wife and cre­ative part­ner Cristina Panarese, has pub­lished a big, fat, beau­ti­ful – and highly ex­clu­sive – cof­fee ta­ble book about their lives and their ca­reer, Whis­per/Roar.

“The in­ten­tion of the book is to give clients a clear per­spec­tive of our work, es­pe­cially in the last 10 years, and of how it all started through il­lus­tra­tions and draw­ings,” says 51-year-old Seba, who is famed for his fem­i­nine cre­ations and minute at­ten­tion to de­tail. “To mark a quar­ter­century of work for the la­bel, we de­cided to pub­lish a book that tells the reader about our ef­forts and pro­cesses in mak­ing the var­i­ous col­lec­tions.”

The ti­tle of the book calls to mind Seba’s col­lec­tion, also called Whis­per/ Roar, from Oc­to­ber 2017, cre­ated to mark the la­bel’s sil­ver an­niver­sary. It was a sort of com­pi­la­tion of Seba’s great­est hits: all bold blacks and reds, del­i­cate lace work and flo­ral themes in dra­matic sil­hou­ettes.

The 250-page lim­ited edi­tion is highly ex­clu­sive – not sold in bookshops and avail­able only through di­rect ap­pli­ca­tion to Seba and his team. It fea­tures a decade’s worth of col­lec­tions from 2007 to 2017, shot by top pho­tog­ra­phers in­clud­ing Peter Tjahyadi, An­ton Johnsen and Moko Wong. The im­ages cap­ture minute de­tails of Seba and Cristina’s pieces.

“The book launch we held in May was the cli­max of a se­ries of cel­e­bra­tions for the an­niver­sary of the Se­bas­tian Gu­nawan la­bel, in­clud­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of our past work,” says Seba. “It took us 18 months to cre­ate the book, which is printed on top-qual­ity pa­per im­ported from the U.S. The orig­i­nal plan was to launch the book at the same time as the fash­ion show, but we ran out of time. The most time­con­sum­ing part was the cu­rat­ing process. It was very hard to pick which pieces would make the book, be­cause they were all our chil­dren.

Jakarta-born Seba’s lat­est col­lec­tion is called Cro­mia. “With Cro­mia, Cristina and I were in­spired by the fau­vism move­ment pi­o­neered by Henri Matisse. Fau­vism is very in­ter­est­ing be­cause it al­lows colours to be­come the cen­tre­piece in in­ter­pret­ing a cre­ation, char­ac­ter and sit­u­a­tion. The sil­hou­ette, ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques - all of these are trans­lated through colours, just like in fau­vism.”

Seba says he is in­spired by peo­ple he ad­mires, although many of his ideas come from within. “Ev­ery­thing in life is al­ways chang­ing, be it from the eco­nomic point of view, po­lit­i­cal, so­cial or cul­tural. Those changes keep me rel­e­vant, they keep me in­spired.

“The art of work­ing as a de­signer is to un­der­stand, to lis­ten to what clients de­sire and to trans­form these wishes into lay­ers of fab­ric and colours. I want my clients to feel com­fort­able. Most of all, I want the dresses I make to make them feel beau­ti­ful and boost their con­fi­dence.”

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