Socialites dress up with ‘50 Years of Italian Fashion’

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Leading Italian fashion designers showed off 84 haute couture dresses designed to honor HM the King for his upcoming 84th birthday.

The 50 Years of Italian Fashion show, which ran through July 31 at Central Chidlom in Bangkok, showcased designs by 24 famed Italian fashion houses, including Armani, Balestra, Capucci, Camerino, Alberta Feretti, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Valentino and Versace.

Beautiful Cindy Bishop-Burbridge was the elegant presenter of the evening Beautiful Cindy Bishop-Burbridge was the elegant presenter of the evening

Attending the July 13 kick-off were Italian Ambassador Michelangelo Pipan and his wife Laila, Central Department Stores President Yuwadee Chirathivat, Thai socialites Varaporn Pramoj Na Ayudhaya, Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Lee Puengboonpra and actresses Araya A. Hargate and Kullawit Laosuksri.

Pattaya’s Cindy Bishop-Burbridge, a former Miss Thailand World, was among the presenters.

A collaboration between Central and Siam Commercial Bank, the event also featured a lecture on the history of Italian glamour from Giorgio Forni, owner of the famous dress collection and president of the Sartirana Foundation.

Yuwadee said Central long has been a supporter of art and cultural education.

“This is why we believe this exposition of marvelous Italian designer dresses will inspire art and fashion students and fill fashion lovers with enthusiasm,” he said. “In addition to the 84 haute couture dresses that were once worn by queens and superstars, 12 high-society ladies from Thailand supported the show with some of their own Italian designer dresses.”

The Italian ambassador Michelangelo Pipan cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the event, along with his wife Laila, Thanpuying Varaporn Pramoj Na Ayudhaya, Yuwadee Chirathivat, Ongkorn Abhakorn na Ayuthaya, ML. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Lee Puengboonpra and Araya “Chompoo” A. Hargate and of course Giorgio Forni. The Italian ambassador Michelangelo Pipan cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open the event, along with his wife Laila, Thanpuying Varaporn Pramoj Na Ayudhaya, Yuwadee Chirathivat, Ongkorn Abhakorn na Ayuthaya, ML. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Lee Puengboonpra and Araya “Chompoo” A. Hargate and of course Giorgio Forni.

Pipan said the show not only shows off the quality of Italian design, but “also shows the great collaboration between Thailand and Italy.”

Forni said the exhibit was the most unique he’s seen and represents Italian fashion well.

Kullawit served as host, guiding guests through the exposition, followed by hundreds of journalists and other invited guests.

Of course Pattaya was represented at such an event. (L to R) Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Elfi Seitz, Ambassador Michelangelo Pipan, Laila Pipan and father Giovanni Contarin from the Camillian Center. Of course Pattaya was represented at such an event. (L to R) Nittaya Patimasongkroh, Elfi Seitz, Ambassador Michelangelo Pipan, Laila Pipan and father Giovanni Contarin from the Camillian Center.