Couture is Not Dead Yet

Guo Pei's One Thousand and Two Arabian Nights 2010 Collection. Image courtesy of Maosuit.com
Guo Pei's One Thousand and Two Arabian Nights 2010 Collection. Image courtesy of Maosuit.com
Guo Pei’s One Thousand and Two Arabian Nights 2010 Collection. Image courtesy of Maosuit.com

 

I remember a few years ago when Suzy Menkes voiced out her concern that Couture is on the verge of extinction due to the invasion of fast fashion, lack of designers and the mounting cost to create couture collections with minimal return.

Fortunately, Menkes’ prediction did not come true. Couture is the creme de la creme of the industry, perching prettily on the top, ready for fast fashion to peck away their inspirations and techniques to be copied and sold en masse for the public.

What Menkes did not calculate at that time was the decentralisation of fashion –  away from the 4 capitals.

Yumi Katsura. Photo by Fide Fashion Week, Singapore.
Yumi Katsura. Photo by Fide Fashion Week, Singapore.

FIDé, the organisation behind the FIDé Fashion Week, has distinguished 8 Asian couturiers to be inaugurated under the Asian Couture Federation (ACF). ACF will function similarly to the French equivalent, Chambre Syndicale De La Haute Couture.

The designers identified are Guo Pei (China), Yumi Katsura (Japan), Junko Koshino (Japan), Lie Sang Bong (Korea), Michael Cinco (Philippines), Frederick Lee (Singapore), Yoshiki Hishinuma (Japan) and Vatit Itthi (Thailand).

All of them will be showcasing their collections on the FIDé Fashion Week in Singapore from October 10, 2013 to October 19, 2013.

by Stefanus Wong

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