February 2, 2015

PILGRIMAGE 2015 - DIDI BUDIARDJO

     Visiting an exhibition has always been a pleasure, for myself. Even more if it is about fashion, especially the one that I just visited last week: Pilgrimage by Didi Budiardjo.
      Pilgrimage talked about the fashion journey of Didi in fashion (1989-now). It served the audience by boxes of memories, fulfilled by dresses representing each fashion period of the designer's artwork. Pilgrimage showcased 70 sets of clothing and consisted of 300 exhibits. Some of the Pilgrimage collection were also enriched the dresses by Didi rent from his clients.
      This exhibition also showed Didi's friends' artwork such as the famous accessories designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi, and other designer such as Susan Budihardjo, Adrian Gan, and Sebastian Gunawan. As a tribute and respect, Pilgrimage also presented the objects that could reminisce the memory of meritorious Indonesia's fashion people such as Pieter Sie (1929-2001), Iwan Tirta (1935-2010), and Muara Bagja (1957-2010).
      The designer who declared his works as his daughters dedicated this exhibition not only to share his journey in fashion but also the gratitude and the discovery of himself.
      I think it was a very interesting exhibition where we could see the perspective of Didi's thought in fashion, what inspired him and how he translated it. His edgy style with colourful shade, intriguing yet intricate details of embroidery or beads, somehow wowed us. Every boxes of memories from Pilgrimage, each brought different nuance and moments in which other people could interpret in their ways. Didi's work marked each trend in each period in every piece of cloth; how culture grew, adapted, and evolved though years.
       Indeed, it was not such an ordinary exhibition. Congratulation, Didi Budiardjo!


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