Designer Presentation: Dian Pelangi
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“Dian Pelangi Alurrealist” for New York Fashion Week First Stage 2017, ensemble (cap, headscarf, top, jacket, skirt, and pants), 2017. Thai silk, viscose with wood bead appliqué, supplementary-weft patterning with metallic thread (songket), Thai silk with wax-resist (batik) and supplementary-weft patterning with metallic thread (songket)
Piazzoni Murals Room
Dian Pelangi, digital influencer and icon of the global Muslim fashion scene, will make a special appearance at the de Young as part of our Contemporary Muslim Fashions Opening Day to talk about her artistic process, and her fashion designs featured in the exhibition. Q+A to follow. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.
Dian Pelangi is an Indonesian designer credited with pushing the traditional boundaries of Muslim fashion, and with her extensive social media following—she currently has 4.8 million Instagram followers—Pelangi is influencing a broad demographic with her modern take on Muslim dress. One of the orginal hijabi style sensations, she is a pop culture icon with a growing modest fashion brand with a youthful spin. With her sense of color, bold prints, and fusion of traditional and western silhouettes, Pelangi is celebrated for turning the typically subdued-toned Islamic dress on its head. Her success is emblematic of the wider Islamic style and Muslim designer-wear movement and a growing market rising out at specialised fashion weeks in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Pelangi has held fashion shows in Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Australia, Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait, and Jordan and is a regular at Jakarta Fashion Week where she showed her first collection at the age of 18. She is a brand ambassador for Wardah Beauty cosmetics and a travel blogger. In 2012 Pelangi published a book on the street-style of Muslim women who have inspired the designer and entrepreneur.
Pelangi is the namesake of the Dian Pelangi brand, founded in 1991—the year of her birth—by her parents. It has since grown into a company with more than 500 employees and 14 retail stores. Under Pelangi’s direction, the brand has become known for its vibrant color palettes—she cites the rainbow and the global Islamic community as her design inspirations. Artisans using age-old techniques such as batik, tie-dye, and beadwork make all garments by hand. Pelangi graduated from the École Supérieur des Arts et Techniques de la Mode in Paris in 2008. In 2015, Pelangi participated in the designer-in-residence initiative at London College of Fashion, where she advocated for diversity in fashion, organizing a hijab styling workshop as part of the British Council’s international fashion showcase.
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