The Masterpiece Strikes Back: A Fashion Exploration

HighEnd Magazine, an ultimate guide for a first class lifestyle in Indonesia, presented a fashion show on December 15, 2014, inspired by everyone’s favorite galaxy far, far away. “The Masterpiece Strikes Back” showcased the work of 16 top fashion designers in what HighEnd Magazine called, “A futuristic fashion exploration.” Located at the Hotel Indonesia Kempinksi’s Bali Room in Jakarta, the fashion show’s venue was decked out in Star Wars, which included character statues and a “Stormtrooperized” MINI Cooper.

Before Indonesian fashion designers sent their masterpieces down the V catwalk, the Managing Director of Disney Southeast Asia, Robert Gilby, shared an inspiring speech with the audience, “Star Wars is a movie about the light side and the dark side of the nuanced world of technology. I am very excited to see how the creative force of fashion designers will manifest itself . . . in the works of fashion.”

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The various designers took inspiration from iconic Star Wars characters, such as Darth Vader and Queen Amidala, the latter of which inspired Hartono Gan‘s white dress with a plunging neckline and gold details (far left). Amidala’s style in The Phantom Menace also influenced Dini Pratiwi Irawati‘s elegant golden yellow dress with a high collar and elaborate headpiece (center left).

Soko Wiyanto, on the other hand, produced an edgier Amidala design with a long red coat, a wide collar, and an exquisite black mesh dress (center right). Lastly, on the far right, Yogie Pratama‘s shiny and fitted, short-sleeve dress definitely screamed Padmé out for the evening at a senatorial banquet.

(Photo: Panji Diksana, Liputan6.com)

Peggy Hartanto‘s lightsaber toting minimalist design was inspired by Darth Vader (far left), while Sean Loh & Sheila Agatha‘s twist on a traditional kimono with maroon accents took inspiration from Darth Maul (center left). The black-and-white dress by Rinda Salmun gave a modern edge to the planet Tatooine, the source of its flair (center).

Diving back into the dark side of things, the peplum bustier dress is Alston Stephanus‘ “she is the Darth Lady in glam fashion”, incorporating elements from the 1950s (center right). Of course, no Empire is complete without its legion of Stormtroopers. Billy Tjong‘s high-neck long-sleeve dress elegantly carried the futuristic theme of the show (far right).

(Photo: Panji Diksana, Liputan6.com)

Designer label Ardistia New York, an Indonesian designer based in New York City, displayed a stunning hard-and-soft black-and-red dress, complete with Amidala inspired makeup and hair design (far left). Both regal and elegant, Ghea Panggabean‘s dress looked like it belonged in Amidala’s wardrobe as a more modest alternative to the red Senate Gown she wore in The Phantom Menace.

This is the droid you’re looking for! Malik Roestam‘s part robot/part A-line dress took direct influence from worrisome protocol droid C-3PO. And of course, it wouldn’t be Star Wars without an appearance from fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. Designer label ISIS created a green asymmetrical (almost Jedi-like) pant look, a design that fits comfortably in a galaxy far, far away.

Find more designs on Instagram using the hashtags #TheMasterpiece2014 and #StarWarsIndonesia.

With the success and popularity of events and collections like the Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con and Rodarte’s Fall 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week, the fashion world continues to use the Star Wars universe as its muse, creating sophisticated and eccentric pieces that are visually engaging and empowering.


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