Designer: Fitri Ranatarya // Photographer: Cindy Brigitta
The garment design is magnificent and romantic as the classic fairy tale of Maleficent, unexpected as Hydnora Africana, and protected as the bud of Amazon water lily. Why? Maleficent builds a thorny forest to hide and protect the sleeping beauty. Hydnora Africana, aesthetically disturbing, yet after two years its flesh will transform into a precious fruit. And lastly, the Amazon water lily that covered themselves with thorns until the time they finally bloom.
Time is the key for those three sleeping beauties. They protected and covered themselves as a defence; until the time comes and finally able to show their true colours, identity and abilities. The garment represents the idea of “awakening beauty” with various wire and dyes techniques. The Leucadendron top represents the dragon skin from the classic tale of Maleficent. Likewise, the details on the skirt are arranged from Celosia Cockscombs, which shows a hint of its real beauty surrounded by Sedum that looks duller than the Celosia. For the outer layer, the designer decided to use Brunia Flower, which resembles the texture of the Hydnora Africana, with silver suede for the lower part to shows the arrogance side of the Maleficent. Lastly, the designer also used the mixtures of bark, dyed coconut fibres and tropical leaves that signify as a shield to protect the whole garment.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW / FASHION SPACE STUDIO 2016 / RMIT UNIVERSITY MELBOURNE