London College of Fashion

Having just returned from New York’s Couture Fashion Week, Indonesia Fashion Forward designer Dian Pelangi continued her globe-trotting travels to London from 22 February – 10 March 2015. Dian was invited to undertake a residency with London College of Fashion, participating in the activities throughout London Fashion Week and working with LCF students on a special project. 

On 24 February 2015, Dian lead a Hijab Styling Workshop at the British Council and British Fashion Council International Fashion Showcase in Brewer Street Car Park, London. The event was attended by up to 100 people from various different backgrounds; from fashion practitioners, hijab communities, government officials to international guests. In this event that was hosted by Professor Reina Lewis from London College of Fashion, Dian gave a tutorial on three signature hijab styles, including one special style that was demonstrated on a lucky audience in attendance.

Dian was then a special guest for an academic discussion on 26 February 2015 about ‘What International means for Fashion’ attended by academics from the London College of Fashion and moderated by Professor Reina Lewis.  During the weekend, Dian organised a gathering at Sable D’Or Café with the London based Hijab community and beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers. 

On 2 March 2015 Dian presented a special showcase for students at London College of Fashion, presenting about Indonesia’s fashion industry, modestwear fashion and a mini trunk show showcasing her latest collection that was also previously presented in New York. 

From 3 March onwards Dian worked together with students from the 3rd and 4th year BA Textiles and BA Womenswear course. Students were encouraged to participate in a competition to design a collection inspired by Dian Pelangi – where the selected 2 designers will win a chance to partake in an exchange programme at the Dian Pelangi headquarters in Pekalongan, Indonesia.

Taking part in the summer, the exchange programme will be an exciting opportunity for fresh graduates and young designers to have first-hand experience working in an international fashion label, learning craftsmanship skills that make the Dian Pelangi brand unique and immersing themselves in the local Javanese culture in the UNESCO Creative City of Pekalongan.  

The winners will also have a chance to showcase their designs developed during the exchange programme on the runway of Jakarta Fashion Week in October 2015. 

For more information about the programme follow the hashtag #IFFtotheWorld on Twitter and Instagram. 

About Dian Pelangi

Dian Pelangi, 24, is a muslimwear designer from the first generation of Indonesia Fashion Forward programme. Dian graduated from Ecole Superieur des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in 2008 and since then has become a pioneer of Muslim fashion in both local and international spheres.

Dian draws inspiration from the colours of the rainbow which is reflected in her multitalented skill set and fine eye for detail, colour and artistic flair. As well as the trademark of her vibrant palettes there is an unwavering loyalty towards the traditional Indonesian techniques of creating vivid tie-dye, exquisite Songket and lavish Batik. 

After being interviewed by CNN in 2010, Dian’s rising popularity made her one of the most influential fashion icons in Indonesia. Knowing this, the youngest member of the Asosiasi Perancang Pengusaha Muda Indonesia (APPMI or the Indonesia Young Designer Association) then published two books; ‘Street Style’ which features styles of Muslim women she meets during her travels, and ‘Brain Beauty Belief’ which has become a national Bestseller and features advice for women on religion and fashion. 

At the end of 2011, Dian Pelangi was invited to Paris to participate in The International Fair of Muslim World in Le Bourget, which cemented her status as a prominent Indonesian designer. Early this year, Dian Pelangi with two of her goods friends, designer Barli Asmara and Zaskia Sungkar participated in the New York Couture Fashion Week, highlighting textiles from Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara) on 14 February 2015 at the Crowne Manhattan, Times Square, New York. 

About Indonesia Fashion Forward programme

Indonesian Fashion Forward (IFF) is a non-profit initiative that focuses on developing the capacity of Indonesian fashion label to be ready to compete in the international market. The designers are coached by world-class fashion expert to sharpen creativity, identify problems and solutions that can inhibit the growth of the business, as well as understand branding, sales analysis, strategic partnership and tactics to penetrate the global market.

This program is a collaboration of Jakarta Fashion Week, the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, the British Council and the Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE). Based in London, CFE is a fashion business incubator that supports the development of new labels and designers to ensure the survival and success in the international market. Through the IFF program, the designers also get a bigger opportunity to display their work in various fashion events in local and international stages.

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