Sri Lanka fashion shows up in Hà Nội

October, 19/2018 - 19:00

A fashion pop-up by Sonali Dharmawardena, a Sri Lankan artist and designer took place at the Chula Fashion Boutique in Hà Nội on Friday.

Stylish: One of Sonali’s fashion designs is presented at a show in Hà Nội on Friday. — VNS Photo Mai Phương
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A fashion pop-up by Sonali Dharmawardena, a Sri Lankan artist and designer took place at the Chula Fashion Boutique in Hà Nội on Friday.

The show, jointly organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Hà Nội and NKRA Travel and Tours, has attracted the participation of many Vietnamese and international fashion lovers and designers including those from embassies in Việt Nam.

Sonali Dharmawardena creates her own designs on fabric. She has experimented with using the medium of batik, a heritage art of Sri Lanka, into her line of couture for both fashion shows and as part of a retail line.

Sonali first found recognition outside Sri Lanka. Almost five years after fashion shows in UK, Middle East, Malaysia and France, Colombo Fashion Week invited her to showcase her work. She has been a feature of the local scene ever since.

This time, she visited Việt Nam to introduce her designs which have been used by leading international retailers. A retailer from Switzerland used her fabric for their own line, as did a more recent New York-based designer.

Three years ago, Sonali was invited to showcase her collection at the Ms. England contest in Coventry, dressing the 15 semi-finalists. — VNS

Fasion star: Sri Lankan artist and designer Sonali Dharmawardena. — Photo courtesy of the artist

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