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Jakarta. Nothing big is ever achieved without dreaming. Our dreams transport us from the confines of our reality to a place where we can be who we always want to be.
Dreams have also led Indonesian fashion designer, Biyan Wanaatmadja, to stroll the streets of Dusseldorf, Germany, after school to admire the chic shops and boutiques that line them. Although he was studying architecture in the 1970s, his newly-found interests led him to totally change the course of his career and become a fashion designer, a unique career choice for Indonesian men at the time.
Biyan then enrolled at one of Germany’s most renowned fashion colleges, Muller & Sohn Privatmodeschule, and studied pattern-making. Afterwards, he continued his study at the London College of Fashion in 1981.
After finishing his study and doing a brief apprenticeship for designer Enrico Coveri in Italy, he returned home to Jakarta in 1984 and started his eponymous label, Biyan.
More than three decades later, Biyan is one of the most successful designers in Indonesia, with his collections being displayed in top boutiques around the world. And each year, the designer stages an extravaganza showcasing his latest creations. Meticulously planned and prepared, these shows are among the most anticipated events in Jakarta’s fashion scene.
Biyan recently presented his Spring/Summer 2016 fashion collection at The Dharmawangsa hotel, South Jakarta, in a gala show themed “Dream.”
“It’s all about my own dreams, a collection of images representing the years of my life,” Biyan explained.
For the show, the luxury hotel’s grand ballroom was covered in white. A large, white banyan tree stood at the center of the runway. Its massive, gnarled branches seemed to sustain the tall ceilings of the room.
Welcoming the guests to the dimly lit ballroom were five waif-like models, dressed in long, white dresses. Standing on the runway, these women writhed elegantly with their eyes closed, as if they were actually in the throws of a dream.
Biyan presented 100 new looks in the fashion show, which took “eight months to research, plan and design,” said the designer.