January 13, 2013
Iwan Amir's Revival of Batik Belanda
During the Jakarta Fashion Week 2013 the Dutch Cultural Centre, Erasmus Huis, and Netherlands Embassy presented: The Revival of Batik Belanda. The fashion show was shown on 7 November 2012 in the Erasmus Huis. They invited three young designers Lulu Lutfi Labibi, Iwan Amir and Sischaet Detta, to make an collection inspired by Batik Belanda.
Iwan Amir made the most colorfull, and also the most Batikful collection. I don't really see the big Batik Belanda reference. Yes, he uses bright colors and flowers, but this is not just typical Batik Belanda anymore. In Pekalongan this batik style is still being produced. I miss the historical context and they all could have done much more with this very (and my favorite) period in Batik history.
I do like the fact that he made a wearable fashion collection that shows that patterns in bright colors are fun to wear. And I just want all those shoes!
Surfed around to find some nice pictures of his fashionshow for you. Enjoy!