The Visionary Queen
To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 85th birthday on August 12, 2017, 2Magazine pays tribute to the natural grace and unrivalled style of Her Majesty, an icon of Thai elegance and fashion
August 12, 2017
Long revered for her timeless beauty and her incandescent personality, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit epitomises the Siamese Lady. Generations of Thai women have looked up to Her Majesty as a role model for many, if not all, facets of their lives. Every one of Her Majesty’s steps has been iconic and exemplary.
The fashion and design industry will always cherish Her Majesty’s pivotal role in modernizing Thai fabrics. Over time, Thai society has undergone great change as Western culture was adopted by the general public and Thai fabrics lost much of their popularity while western-style outfits became more and more de rigueur as symbols of modernity and status. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit had been well aware of the importance of preserving Thai craftsmanship as an essential part of Thailand’s roots and heritage and she dedicated decades to this mission.
For an extended period of over 20 years, Her Majesty, with a thorough understanding of the ever-evolving nature of culture and the assistance of French Couturier Pierre Balmain, worked tirelessly to update, preserve, and accentuate the quintessence of Thai fabrics, transfusing the French savoir-faire in clothes-making to Thai fabrics. The fruits of this collaboration were so phenomenal that Thai textiles found a place in modern Thailand for the first time.
To this day, those designs not only remain references for modern Thai outfits but also serve as inspiration to new generations of Thai women and designers: a sartorial legacy pioneered by a visionary Queen.