I’m on a mission to visit every fashion museum in the world with my latest stop being the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok, Thailand. Located on the stunning grounds of The Grand Palace, the queen’s impressive collection is housed in the Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana building. Fit For A Queen: Her Majesty’s Queen Sirikit’s Creations By Balmain was on view and I was eager to see Her Majesty’s clothes.
In 1960, the King and Queen of Thailand would begin a world tour of state visits to 15 nations. Wanting to present herself and country well to the West, she engaged legendary couturier Pierre Balmain to create ensembles that would be appropriate for European dress codes and climate. Along with original creations, Balmain would combine some pieces from existing collections and marry them with Thai silk and Lesage embroidery to create something unique and modern, but still a reflection of her land.Read More