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ACF annouces milestone fashion event with the launch of the journey of couture exhibition in Jakarta


From the 18th to 22nd November, Ciputra Artpreneur Jakarta will present The Journey of Couture – a groundbreaking exhibition of the creativity and craftsmanship of couture from the most elite Asian and international designers. This marks a milestone collaboration between the Asian Couture Federation and Ciputra Artpreneur, which will also see a couture show from Sebastian Gunawan on the 19th November. Organised by Fide Fashion Weeks, this is the most significant couture event to take place in Indonesia.

THE JOURNEY OF COUTURE The Journey of Couture is a groundbreaking exhibition of the creativity and craftsmanship of couture from the most elite Asian and international designers. It features 100 couture pieces from the most talented designers demonstrating the artistry, creativity and finesse that are required in this highest form of fashion. The most extensive presentation of its kind in Asia, it has been carefully curated by French Couturiers Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov of French couture house On Aura Tout Vu in Paris. The exhibition features several gowns worn by leading celebrities on the red carpet, as well as avant-garde and innovative creations representing the full span of creativity.

Highlights of the exhibition include an extensive showcase of leading Indonesian couturiers Sebastian Gunawan, and Tex Saverio which take centre stage with 20 and 7 iconic couture pieces respectively. Also representing Indonesian creative talent will be renowned accessories designer Rinaldy A. Yunardi with 5 of his exceptional pieces. As members of the Asian Couture Federation (ACF) they are also joined by a full representation of the other 17 member designers of the ACF, as well as 20 couture pieces from French couturier’s On Aura Tout Vu.

Commenting on The Journey of Couture Exhibition, Founding President of the Asian Couture Federation, Dr. Frank Cintamani, said, “The Journey of Couture Exhibition is a unique opportunity for the general public to see firsthand the exquisite level of artistry and craftsmanship that goes into creating couture. It will also underscore the tremendous level of couture talent that exists in Indonesia with such renowned designers as Sebastian Gunawan, Tex Saverio and Rinaldy A. Yunardi, as well as the member designers of the Asian Couture Federation. As the most extensive couture exhibition of its kind, we are honoured that it should be presented in Jakarta at Ciputra Artpreneur, which shares the same vision of promoting Indonesia and Asian creative talent.”

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE ASIAN COUTURE FEDERATION AND CIPUTRA ARTPRENEUR The Journey of Couture marks a milestone moment in the collaboration and partnership between the Asian Couture Federation and Ciputra Artpreneur. The Asian Couture Federation represents the very best couture designers in Asia and seeks to nurture and promote this talent through carefully targeted platforms. In doing so fulfills its to inspire, support, and promote the highest levels of Asia-based fashion design artistry to the Asian and global markets. Likewise, Ciputra Artpreneur with an area of approximately 10.000 sqm, is a place dedicated to art and comprises of a gallery, museum, international standard theater, and multifunction rooms, and other supporting facilities. Located in Jakarta's golden triangle, Ciputra Artpreneur lies on the top floor of Ciputra World 1 Jakarta, which is a huge complex consisting of offices, apartments, hotel, and mall. As Indonesia’s leading arts and cultural complex it is the perfect partner to The Journey of Couture in showcasing the most exceptional Indonesian and international couture talent.

This was reinforced by Mrs. Rina Ciputra Sastrawinata, President Director, Ciputra Artprenuer, said, “Ciputra Artprenuer was created with the desire to promote Indonesian artistry and creativity around the region and internationally. The presence of two key Indonesian couturiers such as Sebastian Gunawan and Tex Saverio underscores that commitment. Ciputra Artpreneur also serves as one of the region’s foremost arts, culture and entertainment complexes and the presence of such an important and extensive exhibition as that of The Journey of Couture is a testament to this.”

OFFICIAL EXHIBITION LAUNCH 18TH NOVEMBER To mark the opening of The Journey of Couture Exhibition, there will be a VIP preview evening on the 18th November. With an expected attendance of more than 300 guests, the exhibition will be previewed to a specially invited audience of VIP’s, fashion influencers, style icons and media. Following, the official ribbon cutting ceremony by the Executive Board of the Asian Couture Federation and senior management of Ciputra Artpreneur, guests will be given a special opportunity to tour the exhibition.

ACF AWARDS 18th NOVEMBER As part of The Journey of Couture Exhibition, the ACF will be hosting the ACF Awards on the evening of the 18th November for its Executive Board, Governors and Member Designers, as well as key fashion leaders in Jakarta, international key opinion leaders, and VIP’s. The ACF Awards is a celebration of the creativity and craftsmanship of couture and Asian Couture Federation member designers in particular. It also serves to recognise the world’s fashion leaders and influencers, through a number of ACF Awards, which will be presented over the course of evening. This will include recognising those individuals who have made a profound contribution to the mission of the ACF, through the Patron of the ACF Award, as well as those who have contributed significantly to the world of social media, styling and couture design.

Commenting on the ACF Awards, Ms. Emily Hwang, Vice President, Asian Couture Federation, said, “The ACF Gala Dinner is a unique opportunity for the ACF to share the creativity of Asian couture and its member designers with key leaders in the world of fashion, its close supporters and champions of its work. It also serves as a unique moment for the ACF to recognise and award select individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact on the world of fashion and the nurturing and promotion of Asian couture talent across a number of award categories.”

SEBASTIAN GUNAWAN – ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ As part of the celebration of the world’s leading couture talent, renowned Indonesian couturier and Asian Couturier Extraordinaire of the ACF, Sebastian Gunawan will present with Cristina Panarese a couture show on the evening of the 19th November at Ciputra Artpreneur. Featuring, 80 dresses from the first line of Sebastian Gunawan, it is the epitome of luxury and the defining silhouette of the elegant and enchanting woman. Inspired by the romantic works of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the collection embodies romance, love, drama and the ethereal moment of daydreams through the creation of stunning cocktail dresses to formal evening gowns.

With an expected attendance of nearly 1000 people, the much-anticipated collection is set to inspire, enthrall and overwhelm the guests. The show also underscores Sebastian Gunawan’s commitment to charitable and philanthropic causes, with proceeds from the evening going to support Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB). The partnership between YCAB and Sebastian Gunawan goes back to 2005 with several charity fashion shows with various themes: Classic Divine (2005), Rendezvouz (2006), Sweet and Swinging (2007), Femme Fatale (2010), and The Reflections of You (2011). Through his generosity, YCAB has raised up to Rp 2.3 billion since 2005, and has educated more than 1,200 underprivileged children.

THE JOURNEY OF COUTURE The most extensive presentation of Asian and international couture in Indonesia, The Journey of Couture of Couture Exhibition will be open to the general public, free of charge from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd November at the following times.

19th November - 10.00am - 4.00pm 20th November - 10.00am - 4.00pm 21st November - 10.00am - 10.00pm 22nd November - 10.00am - 10.00pm

Ciputra Artpreneur Ciputra World 1 Jakarta – Retail Podium Lantai 11 Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5, Kuningan, Jakarta – Indonesia For more information please visit:

THE ASIAN COUTURE FEDERATION (ACF) Inaugurated in 2013, the Asian Couture Federation (ACF) was set up to inspire, support, and promote the highest levels of Asia-based fashion design artistry to the Asian and global markets. The ACF aims to proactively assist with the development of a more attractive landscape for such talented Asian designers to remain in Asia and have their businesses headquartered in Asia for the global market. As the world’s #1 market for fashion and luxury, the ACF seeks to support such talent and promote the creativity of its best local designers, to both Asian and worldwide audiences.

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CIPUTRA ARTPRENEUR Ciputra Artpreneur, an arts complex in Indonesia was established in line with the creation of a diverse commercial area. Consisting of an art museum, exhibition galleries, and a performance theater of international standard, the complex area of 10.000 sqm takes its position as a leading destination on the world stage. Ciputra Artpreneur, a multipurpose complex located in Ciputra World 1 Jakarta, is a masterpiece work of the Ciputra Group, which is located at Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio kav.3-5, Kuningan, South Jakarta. This area was built in accordance with the vision of Dr. (HC) Ir. Ciputra to make this area into a Financial, Shopping, and Art District in line with other global cities. As a facility in Jakarta, Ciputra Artpreneur is the first integrated arts complex in Indonesia, which fosters the spirit ‘artpreneurship’. Ciputra Artpreneur Gallery has an area of approximately 1,500 sqm with massive projection screen facilities measuring 60 x 12 meters, and stunning views over the Jakarta city skyline. Adjacent to the gallery, is a fine art museum of 700 sqm, dedicated to exhibiting the art collection of DR. (HC) Ir. Ciputra, which also features elements of digital innovation. Another special facility is the international standard theater space with a capacity of approximately 1200 seats, equipped with the best sound system from MEYER.

This world-class theater, located on the 13th floor in the development, is the pride of the Ciputra Artpreneur complex. Ciputra Artpreneur’s position in the economic centre of Jakarta is also poised to generate and develop the creative industry in Indonesia through empowerment activities based in arts and culture, through the coverage and presentation of art, craft art, design, architecture, performing arts, and music.

For more information please visit: www.instragram/Artpreneur

SEBASTIAN GUNAWAN Sebastian Gunawan is an Indonesian-born fashion designer. His passion for fashion started in the early age of 14 in forms of hand sketches and drawings. Sebastian then further formalized his fashion interest through formal education in Susan Budiharjo Institute of Mode Jakarta Indonesia, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, USA and Institute Artistico Dell Abbigliamento in Marangoni, Milan, Italy before returning home to embark on his professional fashion journey.

Sebastian first entered Indonesia’s fashion industry in 1993 with his own fashion house. Within the next decade, he took the Indonesian fashion industry by storm, further introducing design labels such as the made-to-order “Sebastian Gunawan,” ready-to-wear “Sebastian Red,” second-line “VOTUM,” and bridal collection “Sebastian Sposa.” Sebastian’s creativity was recognized internationally when he received the First Award at the “International Apparel Federation World Young Designer Award 2004″ in Barcelona, Spain. A year later he was invited to show his collection at “Moda in 3D” in Rome.

He was named the top fashion designer in Indonesia by the Jakarta Post, as well as receiving several awards including “Best Designer Award” by Indonesian Tatler, 2005, “International Apparel Federation World Young Designer Award,” Barcelona, Spain 2004, “Favorite Designer Award” by Dewi Magazine, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004. For more information,

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FIDÉ FASHION WEEKS FIDé Fashion Weeks has been the leading force behind some of the most exclusive fashion weeks in Asia. Since 2011, they have been synonymous with groundbreaking fashion initiatives including Men’s Fashion Week, Women’s Fashion Week, French Couture Week, and Asian Couture Week. As such, they work closely with designers from La Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Alta Roma, Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Asian Couture Federation. FIDé Fashion Weeks aims to maintain its objective of presenting the very best of international fashion in Asia and the creation of a platform for gifted Asian designers to showcase their talents to the world.

For more information, please visit: www.instagram/FideFashionWeeks

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