According to wikipedia, Kebaya are believed to originate from China hundreds of years ago. On the island of Java before 1600, kebaya were sacred clothing to be worn only by members of the Javanese monarchy. Now kebayas are very popular among Indonesian and Malaysian women.
Anne Avantie is one of the best asian fashion designer, the one who brings traditional kebaya style to modern fashion design. For some designers, Anne Avantine is a miracle. Her design make traditional and ethnic clothing become luxurious fashions. She has begun to come off as a masters in communications as her use of strategic PR has begun to make her fashion lines recognized around the world. The world is obviously thankful, as her fashion lines are now being sought all over the globe.
Picture of Anne Avantie’s Kebaya During Asia Fashion Week 2004 in Kuala Lumpur:
Anne Avantie’s kebayas always beautiful and stylish. Her works are chosen by many Indonesia celebrities for their wedding, such as Krisdayanti.
Kain kebaya means a costume for women composed of an uncut length of cloth wound around the waist and falling to the ankles, and a long-sleeved louse extending to the hips. This blouse was fastened with brooches rather than buttons and buttonholes. It became the costume of all classes of women in the nineteenth century, Javanese and Eurasian. When Dutch women began migrating to the colony after 1870, it became their costume too…. (Taylor 1997 p.103)
Even her design look very luxurious, she is very humble, she doesn’t want her design enjoyed by high class people only but all of people from any class should enjoy it.
These days there are so many outside influences in fashion
That the kebaya could get left behind…
It can be modified though… and still be fun to wear…
and totally cool!
…but the basic concept of the kebaya will not change