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Anne Avantie: Contemporary kebaya pioneer

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 8 2011   /  07:00 am

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 ...