A showcased collaboration between Indonesian designer Dian Pelangi with up and coming London based textile designers; Odette Steele and Nelly Rose. Therefore resulting in the ‘CO-IDENTITY’ Collection. Putting her most fashionable foot forward in the quest to win the hearts of international audience the collaboration with graduates of one of world’s most high-profile fashion schools, London College of Fashion and with the support of the British Council. Dian claims that she is stepping out of her comfort zone in this 2016’s collection.

“I must say that this upcoming collection is a radical breakthrough; the pattern and design are totally brand new. Odette and Nelly who are ardent learners daring to explore the traditional Indonesian fashion techniques during their guest design position in Pekalongan, to be juxtaposed with their distinct cultural backgrounds”

Themed as “CO-IDENTITY”, The collaborative collection is inspired by each cultural identity. Each character will be palpably observed on the stage; Clashing modern colours and prints brought by Nelly and African influenced embroideries and beadings featured by Odette, all unified with Dian’s cutting-edge designs that very much reflect Indonesia’s lavish batik, weavings and tie-dyes.

This intercultural collaboration is expected to bridge the gap between the modest fashion scene with the mainstream one. The objective is to challenge global perceptions on modest wear, creating an all inclusive womenswear collection that is relatable to women internationally. Besides its spiritual significance, this fashion segment should also be understood in terms of lifestyle, cultural identity, personal preference, aesthetics and arts.

Additional Press Quotes Information and links:

‘’We are very proud of the collaborations between Dian Pelangi and two young designer from London College Fashion with Fashion Mission platform, this is in line with British Council mission to support the continued development of an innovative, stylish, and economically sustainable Indonesian fashion industry,” said Sally Goggin, Country Director British Council Indonesia.

Sally Goggin said that Dian Pelangi, who is among the first generation of Indonesia Fashion Forward designers, is getting international recognition thanks to her unique and innovative designs. “British Council are very excited with her achievement and encourages young designers from Indonesia and United Kingdom to collaborate in order to strengthen cultural relations between the two countries,” she said.

Dian Pelangi was one of the featured designers in the “Designer in Residence” initiative of LCF, and supported by the British Council, participated in International Fashion Showcase 2015. During her stay in London from February to March, Dian demonstrated various ways of wearing the traditional Muslim headgears and was involved in interesting discussions about her fashion label, sense of style, social media following and cultural backgrounds with the academic audience. At the end of the program, Dian put together a design competition, where two best designers would be given an internship opportunity at Dian Pelangi’s main headquarters in Pekalongan, Central Java. Odette and Nelly who previously majored in Textiles are the talented winners who caught Dian’s eyes. Since August, they are residing in Pekalongan to work with her for the JFW 2016’s collection.



About British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

The British Council’s Arts and Creative Economy programme strives to grow the creative relationship between the UK and Indonesia, with a focus on new innovative work; collaboration with partners and new ways of experiencing and learning in the arts. To do this we bring world-class art to Indonesian audiences through screenings, gigs and performances; we support the development of creative talent and professional skills through training and mentoring programmes such as Indonesia Fashion Forward; Film Microschool; and we support the development of the creative economy and arts sector leadership, entrepreneurship and policy.

For more information, please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.id/arts. You can also keep in touch with the British Council through http://twitter.com/idbritisharts and Instagram @idBritishArts.






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