NAGARA – Bangkok International Fashion Week

I found the NAGARA show at BIFW, hosted by Siam Paragon, absolutely breathtaking, and scrambled in the Photographers’ pit for shots, while my accomplice filmed from the Press seats. What a rush!

 

Nakorn Sampantarak, the designer behind NAGARA, uses luscious Thai silks, hand-painted, embroidered and made singularly beautiful by  Master Thawan Duchanee, the National Artist of Thailand.

Luscious Thai silks, hand-painted, embroidered and made singularly beautiful…

I especially loved the snake motifs, both on the backdrop and the clothes themselves; rather apt for a brand named NAGARA, which is close to NAGARA,  a serpent deity, seen in carvings nearly everywhere I’ve travelled in Asia.

NAGARA BFIW 2013 PINK DRESS

I’ve always found snakes fascinating, beyond the scariness, there’s a whole mythology around Kundalini , the goddess or sleeping serpent power that lies coiled within us all, waiting to be awakened by Spiritual Prowess: our hidden potential. Strong stuff indeed, and fitting inspiration for such passionate clothing.

Serpent power that lies coiled within us all, waiting to be awakened by Spiritual Prowess

The Menswear too was inspiring; fittingly it appeared to draw on traditional Thai styles, it reminded me of a romantic dashing prince, ready to sweep one away. What could be better?

NAGARA-Man-BFIW-2013

A romantic dashing prince, ready to sweep one away. What could be better?

Photography & Video By Dear Velvet