Thailand has been in control of a military government for quite some time and the long overdue general election has been repeatedly delayed; whilst the recent death and funeral of the beloved 9th Thai king deeply affected all Thais it diverted attention from these issues and affected the whole country not just emotionally but also economically.
Additionally, Thailand has recently become the new dumping ground for the world’s electronic waste, Xbox components, broken printers, and smashed computers, may be seen stacked high in many deserted factories around Bangkok awaiting recycling. The recycling of e-waste involves dirty and toxic process to extract lead and copper and does huge amounts of environmental damage by contaminating the air and the water around the plants with dangerous chemicals. The pollution from the rest of the world is now the big burden on the next generation of Thai people, for Thailand the concept seen in dystopian sci-fi films is becoming reality.
The collection highlights the issues which concern its people and uses the rich culture and heritage through the medium of a dystopian science fiction film. The collection is a combination of the future and the past, looking back to late 1800s when the reign of the 5th King was signified by the modernization of Thai infrastructure and by governmental and social reforms, which also led onto the modernisation of women’s fashion. Inspiration has come from the luxurious garments worn by the queens and princesses of this period to create the elaborate silhouette.
The total contemporary evening wear 6 looks are accompanied by heavily hand embroidered statement accessories. Inspired by the aesthetic of cyborg characters in science fiction film; Ghost in the Shell (2017), Ready Player One (2018) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). Swarovski crystal beads are integrated into hand embroidered statement accessories, together with unwanted electrical components found in an electronic workshop such as cartridge fuses, crimp connectors, and integrated circuit sockets. The design of embroidered accessories aims to represent the opposite sides of Thailand, recycled electronic components representing poverty and homelessness and on the other hand, Swarovski crystal represents the long period of the extravagant luxury of the royal family. The combination of the luxurious aesthetic of Swarovski crystal and old unwanted material conveys the political message that Thai people have always overlooked.