Fashion Show & Grand Opening

 
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Fashion ForWords was officially opened on Saturday, April 27, 2019 by renowned fashion designer Auguste Soesastro. His works that represent women who are empowered and free to do whatever they want, his craftmanship, authenticity, and attention for the enviornment is an inspiration to us. We are grateful for his willingness to officially open Fashion ForWords.

We didn’t simply cut a ribbon to symbolically open the series of events, instead we freed a mannequin from his chains. The mannequin on stage wore a long skirt, a whit T-shirt over a black shirt, and a fascinator, but he was chained. Auguste Soesastro then cut the chains that ensnared the mannequin and revealed the writing on his T-shirt: Fashion ForWords officially opened.

On the opening night, the founder and director of Fashion ForWords, Eliza Vitri Handayani, wore the Anti-Censorship dress, which she had designed with Ayudilamar - on the dress was written excerpts from her favorite books that had been challenged or banned.

Eliza also gave a speech: "How can we stay true, free and safe — now it's not easy. Fear and obedience are fostered in our society community with threats of violence and criminalization. It is too easy for us to censor ourselves, when after receiving protests, publishers pull back their books, cinemas take down films, and artists are coerced to apologize for their works. Fashion ForWords becomes a learning platform for me and my team to be brave and capable in opening a free and safe platform for fashion and the arts.

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"Indeed, those who disagree with us can also shout freedom of expression. We all have it, but what we don't all have equally is access, opportunity, audience, influence, security guarantees, and political support. As a result, there are those who are freer to express their opinions, and there are those who are marginalized, repressed, even crushed.

"If you support our vision of equality and humanity, I invite you to ask: what do I have, what can I do. Those who have the skills, share them with those who are still looking for forms of expression. Those who have an audience, share the stage with those who need their story to be noticed. Those who have influence, use it to open the way. Let's talk about what we can do together. So that one day free and safe space for expression is not only on stages like this, but all over the world. Thank you.”

The event continued with a fashion performance directed by Heliana Sinaga. The models were not only silent beauties on the stage, but were performers who voiced their experiences related to everyday expression. We selected the models not based on body size, but based on their stories and their passion for freedom of expression. We are proud to work with garment workers, the Queer community, and models and performers from various backgrounds.

Come and see our free expressions in the form of clothes, at Cemara 6 Gallery-Museum, until 18 May 2019.

 
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(IND) Fashion ForWords resmi dibuka pada Sabtu, 27 April 2019 oleh perancang busana ternama Auguste Soesastro. Karyanya dengan struktur yang kuat, lembut, dan tetap praktis mewakili perempuan yang berdaya dan bebas melakukan apa saja yang mereka inginkan, dan perhatiannya terhadap lingkungan, craftmanship, dan otentisitas menjadi inspirasi bagi kami di sini. Kami sangat bersyukur dan berterima kasih atas kesediaannya membuka rangkaian acara Fashion ForWords.

Konsep pembukaan kali ini tidak sekadar gunting pita atau tanda tangan poster, tapi membebaskan manekin yang terbelenggu. Manekin pria di atas panggung mengenakan rok panjang, kaus, kemeja, dan fascinator - tapi ia dirantai. Auguste Soesastro sebagai pembuka acara kemudian memotong rantai yang mengekangnya dan mengungkapkan tulisan di kausnya: Fashion ForWords officially opened.

Pada malam pembukaan, penggagas dan pengarah acara Fashion ForWords Eliza Vitri Handayani mengenakan gaun yang dirancangnya bersama Ayudilamar - gaun itu bertuliskan kutipan-kutipan dari buku-buku kesayangannya yang pernah diprotes atau dilarang.

Eliza pun memberikan sambutan: “Bagaimana bisa tetap jujur, bebas, dan aman—sekarang ini tidak mudah. Ketakutan dan kepatuhan dipupuk di masyarakat dengan ancaman pasal penodaan, pasal ITE, bullying, dan kekerasan. Kita jadi mudah menyensor diri, diprotes sedikit saja buku dibakar, film diturunkan, seniman dipaksa meminta maaf. Fashion ForWords adalah juga ajang pembelajaran bagi saya dan tim untuk menjadi berani dan mumpuni dalam membuka ruang ekspresi yang bebas dan aman.

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“Memang, yang tidak setuju dengan kami juga bisa berteriak kebebasan berekspresi. Kita semua memilikinya, tapi yang tidak sama-sama kita miliki adalah akses, kesempatan, audiens, influence, jaminan keamanan dan political climate yang memihak ke mana. Akibatnya, ada yang lebih leluasa berekspresi dan ada yang terpinggirkan, tertekan, bahkan tergilas.

“Maka jika kalian mendukung visi kami tentang kesetaraan dan kemanusiaan, saya mengajak kalian untuk bertanya: apa yang saya punya, apa yang bisa saya lakukan. Yang punya keterampilan berbagilah dengan mereka yang masih mencari bentuk-bentuk perjuangan. Yang punya audiens berbagilah panggung dengan mereka yang butuh ceritanya diperhatikan. Yang punya pengaruh, gunakan untuk membuka jalan. Mari bicara tentang apa yang bisa kita lakukan bersama. Hingga suatu saat nanti pentas kebebasan tidak hanya di acara-acara tertentu seperti ini, tapi seluruh bumi ini. Terima kasih.”

Acara dilanjutkan dengan fashion performance yang disutradarai oleh Heliana Sinaga. Para model tidak hanya menjadi peraga dan obyek bisu di atas panggung, tetapi menjadi penampil yang menyuarakan kisah dan pengalaman mereka terkait ekspresi sehari-hari. Kami menyeleksi para model tidak berdasarkan ukuran tubuh, tetapi berdasarkan kisah mereka yang sesuai dengan narasi koleksi pakaian yang ditampilkan dan semangat mereka untuk kebebasan berekspresi. Kami merasa bangga bekerja sama dengan kawan-kawan buruh garmen, komunitas Queer, dan model serta penampil dari berbagai latar belakang.

Datang dan lihat luapan ekspresi kami dalam bentuk pakaian, di Cemara 6 Galeri-Museum hingga 18 Mei 2019.

 
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(ENG) Heliana Sinaga has been involved in theater since 2005 as actress, director, production leader, show director, stage manager, and translator of German stageplays. She is part of various communities and foundations, including the Lakon Theater, Tujuh Damar Theater, Titimangsa Foundation, Indonesian Children Choir, Gita Svara, Titian Penerus Bangsa Foundation, and Mainmonolog. She currently serves as director of Mainteater, Bandung. In directing the fashion performance at Fashion ForWords, Heliana (right) was accompanied by choreographer Caecilia Diliani (left), lighting coordinator Deray, and DJ Hari Wonk.

(IND) HELIANA SINAGA berteater sejak 2005 sebagai sutradara, aktris, pimpinan produksi, show director, stage manager dan penerjemah naskah teater berbahasa Jerman. Terlibat dalam berbagai komunitas dan yayasan, antara lain Teater Lakon, Teater Tujuh Damar, Titimangsa Foundation, The Indonesian Children Choir, Gita Svara, Yayasan Titian Penerus Bangsa, dan Mainmonolog. Saat ini ia menjabat sebagai direktur Mainteater Bandung. Dalam menyutradarai pementasan di Fashion ForWords, Heliana (kanan) didampingi oleh koreografer Caecilia Diliani (kiri), lighting coordinator Deray, dan DJ Hari Wonk.

 
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