PATRICK PHAM Paris FW2019 photos by imaxtree

The Pearl of the Far East
Whether in “Indochine” and “The Lover”, “Vien Dong” has always been in the heart of the French. This love is the source of inspiration of Patrick Pham. While traveling in villages, rediscovering weavings, distant memories back. The baggage that has brought the creator are solid masterpieces of craftsmen ivory from a country he so deeply in love with France. The old French feeling for the Far East is reborn with another love story. Paris is like meeting an old friend!
Patrick Pham has 29 hand sewn dresses from materials deemed made in the villages of Vietnam, as well as accessories handmade by artisans in Hue, the imperial city of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam.
“Lanh My A” is a silk weaving, skin from the fruit of Diospyros Mollis, known locally as the “Mac Nua”. Lanh My A was used to the costume of the royal families of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, or as a gift of choice for wealthy families, landowners and Indo-Chinese upper classes. In the hands of Patrick Pham Lanh My A becomes elegance for luxury suits and evening dresses. The beauty of Lanh My A starts with great care taken to the silkworm cocoon, so that each silkworm can extract the healthiest and most noble son. Woven silk is subjected to a dyeing technique quite unique that takes nearly 5 months. The fabric must undergo two cycles dyeing and drying in the sun and wind. This is the secret know-how of black silk Lanh My A, leather-like, which may unfortunately be lost. Nowadays, many people are turning to more conventional and industrial fabrics for mercantile reasons.
There is no longer a handful of artisans throughout the country who are trying to revive this natural secret.

Once upon a time in the history of Vietnam a beautiful weaver who had been chosen to marry the prince and become the Queen. They called Queen Y Lan. Queen Y Lan is one of the most famous queens and best loved for her love to his people. She is honored as the founding ancestor of silk weaving in teaching his people to plant mulberry, raising silkworms and weave. According to tradition, each Vietnamese girl grows up knowing weave, embroider and sew. Fabrics seem to inherit their personality and destiny that seems woven from their ivory hands.

The fabric and silk are indeed cultural reflection of a multi-ethnic nation.
Brocade is a unique product that ethnic minorities in Vietnam generation to generation transmit and each characterizes their culture. Brocade is a cotton fabric, linen or hemp, hand made. Fabrics are dyed from wild plants with a variety of colors: from the darkest to brightest. The fabric comprises patterns that represent each ethnic group uniquely. These patterns are etched during the weaving process, although they appear to have been embroidered first.
Brocade symbolizes local life: rustic, generous and wild. Patrick Pham has done something bold erasing cultural boundaries related brocade. He mixed with other materials such as the skin of horse and cattle fur. In the hand of Patrick, brocade recalls the frantic pace of “Gypsy” and the sexy look of a “Bohemian”. This is the meeting of two worlds: the rustic brocade and romance of Paris.
Patrick Pham created a wedding dress with innovative materials: silk hyacinth flowers – fresh and elegant. Wooden accessories Lilies of Persia, a cheap material for the manufacture and construction of statues that suddenly becomes a luxury material for the manufacture of ornate and colorful shoes.
In naming his collection “The Pearl of the Far East” that he desired respectful of the environment, Patrick Pham probably just started his new journey: the trip to promote the Parisian lifestyle, but this times- This, it lies somewhere outside of France!

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