BANGKOK TRADE SHOW TRIP FASHION DESIGN DEPARTMENT LASALLE COLLEGE JAKARTA
LaSalle College Jakarta Fashion Design Department has organized another trip for its students. This time, the trip was held during one of the biggest fashion trade show in South East Asia, that is the 33rd Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair, or widely known as BIFF & BIL 2015. The trip was held from March 10th – 15th 2015. The aim of the trip is to experience the real international fashion trade show while finding sources of inspirations and learning cultures from other countries. The 6 days trip was jam packed with so many activities and visits, therefore the students gained a lot of experiences and knowledge from it.
On the first day, we arrived in Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, in the late afternoon. Right after dinner fashion design department immediately went to Asiatique the Riverfront, a night market located right beside the Chao Praya River, and experienced our first market visit there. There are more than 1500 independent boutiques located in the two main districts of the market, Charoenkrung district and Factory district, selling fashionable clothes, souvenirs, textiles, accessories and home décor items. They also have an amusement park that features the tallest Ferris wheel in Thailand. Some of the participants took the Ferris wheel ride to enjoy the beautiful Bangkok city view from above.
The second day, our first agenda was to visit the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. The Museum featured mainly dress and gown collections previously worn by Queen Sirikit, wife of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, which were previously worn in important royal occasions. Many of which were designed by couturiers Pierre Balmain and Erik Mortenson. The collections, though mostly designed by non-Thai, are all using fabrics originated from all regions of Thai. The gowns and dresses worn by the Queen were intended to represent Thai’s rich culture to the world. Thus the use of the all-Thai fabrics was considered appropriate.
After the visit to the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, we walked across the street to the campus of Silpakorn University, where Ms. Anugoon Buranaprapuk, one of the lecturers of the Fashion Design Department from Faculty of the Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University greeted and welcomed us to their campus for a short tour. This is actually LaSalle College Jakarta’s second visit to Silpakorn University. On October 2014 we were invited by Silpakorn University to perform Indonesian batik seminar, workshop and exhibition which were attended by some of our lecturers and students. Silpakorn University is the oldest art university in Thailand. It was founded in 1933 by an Italian artist, Professor Corrado Feroci or also known by his Thai name as Silpa Bhirasri. The university emphasis on fine arts and has thirteen faculties. However, they also have other programs besides arts major. On this second visit, Ms. Anugoon showed us around the campus all the activities and work done by their students. We were very glad and honored to be able to have this rare opportunity of seeing their students do their work, especially the fine arts students.
In the afternoon, we went to The Loom, a silk fabric weaving factory/studio, where we were given a brief explanation of how to produce a woven silk fabric. It’s unfortunate that we did not have more time to try to make the fabric ourselves, due to time shortage. It takes 6 hours to produce the basic weaving fabric and up to several months for the complicated ones. Yet we were glad to gain some knowledge from it.
On our third day, we spend the whole day in the Bangkok International Fashion Fair and Bangkok International Leather Fair (BIFF & BIL). This was the main reason why we organized the whole trip. Therefore we wanted to spend as much time as possible to see the whole enormous trade show. This year’s BIFF & BIL was held on March 11 – 15, 2015. We came there during the first three days when it was open exclusively for fashion trade visitors, therefore avoiding the public crowd. Thousands of vendors around the world gathered here to exhibit their products. This was our chance to see what is actually going on, what’s on trend in the world’s fashion industry. The show gave us so much insight. We even get to see several fashion shows which were being held inside the exhibition, such as The Natural fashion show where they feature eco style designs. Coincidentally at the same time, Thai International Furniture Fair was also being held. Though it does not relate directly to fashion design, our students gained so much inspirations from the well-designed exhibitions.
Our trip for the day was ended at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center. This building houses art galleries and design related stores. There were many unique stores inside, including a bookstore that specializes in selling art and design books. We really enjoyed our time in the bookstore as many of the books are not available in Indonesia.
After then was of course another hectic schedule for us. Fashion Design department started our activities today by visiting the Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the largest weekend markets in the world and also the largest market in Thailand. The sixty years old market covers a vast area of 27 acres that is divided into 27 sections which contain more than 15,000 booths or small shops selling goods from every part of Thailand. The range of products being sold here are very wide, from clothes, accessories, books, food and drinks, furniture and home decorations, plants, even pets and live exotic animals. It is said that during their opening hours, from 09.00 AM – 06.00 PM can attract more than 200.00 visitors each day, and 30% of them are foreigners. We spent most of the whole day in there to try to cover the whole market.
Our fifth day activities, also the end of our whole trip activities, was ended at the Museum of Contemporary Arts. The museum was built in 2012 by Boonchai Bencharongkul, an entrepreneur and connoisseur of fine arts. Modern art pieces, most of them are by Thai artists are displayed here. Thousands of art works, paintings, sculptures, photographs, are housed in this five story building. Every floor is dedicated to different art categories. We find all the art works are really inspiring and amazing. We spent hours in this museum. Somehow, the amount of time given was just not enough for us to explore and admire all the works here.
and also the last day of our trip, was finally the day that we had to leave Bangkok to return to Jakarta. All of us were deeply satisfied with all the experiences and knowledge we have gained during this trip, and couldn’t wait for our next study trip. Until next time! Don’t forget to join with Fashion Design department