Queen of Thailand
As part of her birthday celebrations and in conjunction with 'The Way of Silk, the Way of Thai: A Tribute to Her Majesty' exhibition in 2015 Hermione was the only Western designer invited by the Queen of Thailand to contribute her own unique collection to the extravagant royal ceremony at the Palace of Bangkok. Flown to Thailand and given privileged access to the finest silks and hand weaving Hermione was commissioned to create dresses, tops and trousers for both the Queen herself and the catwalk show celebrating her influence and passion for Thai silk and the country at large. Representing the Surin region and signature weaving style Hermione travelled deep into the jungle to meet the weavers and select individual pieces of silk to use for the occasion. A unique honour and experience it is one which still inspires Hermione today.
"Thai Silk is like a piece of art. It's an emotional material to work with. For me to cut it is like taking scissors to an artist's canvas. A few meters of silk can take one weaver a year to create so it is a unique medium. I approached the design work with this in mind and used the embroidery technique of applique to embellish and embrace the artisan weavers' craft. This technique enabled us to put every piece of fabric back with embroidery so nothing was wasted and created a new piece of wearable art in collaboration with the artisan weavers. This is how I pay my respect to the local artists and Surin weavers."
Hermione de Paula