Style Profile - Abiko - Fashion Student - Bangkok
Abiko is a 21 year Fashion Design major in her senior year at Silpakorn University, Bangkok. An admirer of Chinese Fashion & Culture, she has her sights firmly set on studying English in Brighton and returning to Thailand to work for a Thai brand before studying a Masters in Shanghai.
How is your University course going?
Being on a design course is great for me as I love to turn my thoughts and ideas into a tangible design. It’s a great way to express my style! It’s sometimes difficult to take my tutor’s criticism though - I feel that all my ideas are so personal to me.
What’s the plan after graduating?
I want to go go to Brighton, England to improve my English. It seems such a lovely place. My plan is to study for 3 months then work or travel for 2 months to practice the English I will learn. I want to meet and talk to lost of British people!
In November I will go back to Thailand for graduation in November with a plan of working with a Thai fashion brand for a year to gain experience. The next step will be studying for a Masters in Shanghai - I’m so interested in Chinese culture and style.
How would you describe your personal style?
I am a maximalist! Whether playful or colourful! But who knows? Anything could change in the future as I’m open with my ideas and don’t confine my creativity to just one area.
Do you have a favourite Thai designer?
Favourite International brands?
I love Gucci, Miumiu and Leaf Xia
Do you keep your eyes on any global fashion scenes?
Where did your interest in fashion come from?
It was the style and designs of Moschino and Gucci that first grabbed my attention when younger. They were so creative and unique. In terms of a designer that spoke directly to me with a more youthful style, Leaf Xia’s playful cuteness with lots of attention to detail and colour remains a personal favourite.
Environmental concerns are now high on the agenda in fashion circles. What needs to change?
I think a big part of the problem is a fast fashion. Manufacturing on a huge scale, often with a low price as the aim that sacrifices quality. These good are then sometimes bought without much though and not worn many times. People should buy more carefully and buy less. Vintage and second hand are good options to consider.
Have you ever been to Bangkok’s Elle Fashion Week?
I’ve been but I only liked a few shows. I really want to see more younger designers there. There’s a lot of young design talent in Thailand and it’s difficult for them to get international exposure. I hope the young Thai fashion graduates can have a platform to show their work.
Have you ever experimented with making your own clothes?
I’ve been interested in Barbie's clothes hasince I was a little girl. I used to make clothes for my Barbies - it was so much fun! I also used to customise vintage clothes and make a clothes as part of my studies.
Any inspirational figures that you like in the fashion industry?
I like Cheri from South Korea . She is so pretty and has good taste - she really inspires me.
Do you have any interests outside fashion and style?
I’m interested in a art, music and film. I also like second hand and vintage shopping such as JJ (Chatuchak) market and on Instagram.
Some of my favourite places are:
Chatuchak Market because I love shopping!
Khaosan Road - it’s basically a party place but i like mood and its so much fun.
Amusement Park’s (althought there are not many in Thailand). I like Universal Studios
and Disneyland! I feel happy when I go here!
Krabi or the islands around Krabi. I love the sea and I love water world it is so amazing!
Khao Koh - a mountainous place in Phetchabun Province, Northern Thailand. I love nature and cold weather! A real difference from Bangkok.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2020?
I want to graduate and study English in Brighton and live a happy life with my family, friends and boyfriend.
Shot on location in Old Town, Bangkok
* some images with Abiko's friend Pear - who will be featured on SSPE Magazine soon!
Words & Photos by Al de Perez
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