Love expressed through floral motifs

September 19th, 2009
By Nadine Kam

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Nadine Kam photos
Flowers were handpainted on these pink dresses shown during Koi Suwannagate’s presentation at Gana Gallery on Sept. 16.

Thai designer Koi Suwannagate asked what if love were a flower in her collection of feminine dresses and gowns shown at Gana Gallery at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16.

Dresses were handmade and some handpainted, with jewelry also taking the form of gold and silver lotuses designed by Prinn Jewelry.

Music played during the gallery presentation was a spare, Asian-inflected whistled version of the “Theme From Love Story.”

I wanted to shoot some video but had forgotten to recharge my camera battery the night before. Just in case I could find an outlet on site, I brought along my battery charger. I spied several empty outlets while there, but each seemed to neighbor to an outlet with a light unit plugged into it. I imagined plugging in and short-circuiting the whole show. Those kinds of things seem to happen to me at home, but I have a feeling they’re much less forgiving here. So I refrained and simply snapped photos.

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Designer Koi Suwannagate, center, talks about one of her designs.

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The tableau included lilypad, frog and lotus constructions lining the gallery.

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Handmade gold lotus earrings by Prinn Jewelry were shown with the clothing designs.

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Shoulder details are in for fall and will likely continue into spring.

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Bare shoulders and floral waistband on one of Koi Suwannagate’s gowns.

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