The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles celebrates Her Majesty’s seventh cycle birthday by showcasing her exquisite taste in fashion. The exhibition Fit for a Queen: HM Queen Sirikit’s Creations by Balmain focuses on her relationships with Pierre Balmain and François Lesage, two legendary French couturiers who created dresses for the monarch during her trips to Europe and America. Lovers of fashion history will be privy to how Her Majesty’s impeccable style evolved and developed over the years through a series of luxurious gowns, suits, cocktail dresses, and traditional and modern Thai costumes. These pieces are displayed alongside pictures of the Queen wearing them at different occasions during her trips to Europe and America in the 1960s, as well as the rarely-seen Louis Vuitton trunks that were used to transport the dresses. Balmain’s original sketchbook and a video interview with François Lesage, shot only a few months before he passed, are also on exhibit. See how Balmain cast his legendary magic on Thai silk, and take a closer look on Lesage’s delicate embroidery. Some nationalists may question why the Queen chose a foreign designer? According to museum consultant, Melissa Leventon, who co-curated the exhibition, no Thai fashion designer at that time was familiar with the complicated etiquette associated with royal dressing in the Western hemisphere. Her Majesty needed to attend several state events with the King, and no risk could be taken with her wardrob
Chakrabhand Posayakrit is a living art legend. For more than five decades, he has been praised as one of the greatest Thai painters of the century, known for harmonizing traditional Thai art with modern aesthetics. His delicate brush strokes, flawless drawing and dreamy use of color result in intriguing and priceless works that usually become part of the collections of wealthy art collectors and premiere galleries. Chakrabhand’s skill, however, isn’t only limited to painting. He’s also a master in sculpture, illustration, writing (he’s the author of a series of best-selling books) and all things related to Thai puppetry (hoon lakhon lek). It’s Thai puppetry which has consumed most of his efforts in the last 20 years—his dream is to reacquaint the next generation with this national heritage. In The Chakrabhand Posayakrit Exhibition, a retrospective showcase of the master’s works, we get the rare chance to view the legendary artist’s original paintings alongside Thai puppets from the artist’s private collection. The exhibition is so massive that the pieces will be rotated on a four-month basis. Please note that proper attire is required. The space isn’t air-conditioned, and no parking space is provided (but you can park at Big C Ekkamai mall across the street for B30/hour). The exhibition acts as a prequel to the opening of a permanent museum facility in Saimai next year. The museum will also feature a puppet theater.