The kebaya, Indonesia’s iconic long-sleeved blouse, has turned Anne Avantie into a revered designer renowned for going beyond classical norms and offering fresh lines of garments.
Her elegant and glittering fashion shows have attracted swarms of celebrities, officials and high-class socialites.
In the middle of May, the Indonesian Museum of Records (Muri) listed the 57-year-old designer as a contemporary kebaya pioneer.
JP/Ganug Nugroho AdiThe designs she has introduced are more than just current versions of the classical kebaya. In Anne’s hands, the traditional and unfashionable kebaya is transformed into a glamorous and expensive garment.
Traditionalists once criticized her for departing from kebaya standards and removing its long-inherited sacred values.
“I can’t ruin what I love myself. But I don’t want to argue. I’m only convinced the ...