Bangkok: Fashion Mecca? Maybe. Eventually.

For much of the last year, I’ve read with increasing bemusement about the government’s mission to turn Bangkok into a Paris or Milan of the East, as if the drafting a government resolution would suddenly and miraculously transform Bangkok into a fashion mecca.

The key to this transformation is the establishment of the Bangkok Fashion City (hipsters will no doubt refer to it as BFC, not to be confused with KFC, which has nothing to do with fashion but will likely remain in the minds of the masses long after the BFC slides into obscurity), which is supposed to be some sort of quasi-government trade promotion organization. I wish I could tell you more, but the website for this organization with international aspirations doesn’t have an English version.

It’s not that aspiring to be a major fashion center is a bad thing. I think it’s a very good thing, and if any city in Asia has a shot at becoming the region’s fashion center, Bangkok would certainly be at the top of a very short list of leading contenders. What I do scoff and make snide remarks at are the simple-minded assumptions that the government makes, and the shoddy approach it adopts in executing its strategy.

For example, a recent article states that one of the initial projects under the umbrella of BFC is the establishment of a fashion academy with the mission of “developing knowledge-base for personnel in the country

6 Comments so far

  1. Baba (unregistered) on July 5th, 2005 @ 7:35 pm

    Interestingly enough we’ve had a flood of Thai students coming to our design & arts college in New Zealand to study Fashion Design in the past year and a half. Sadly, a couple of them who graduated last year decided to stay in New Zealand as any creative skill is currenly in demand in NZ too. What you need is these students to return to Bangkok and help build this Fashion City concept…

  2. Ben Harris (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 10:07 am

    What you mentioned about the government mandating something, with the ridiculous expectation that it will be so simply because they mandate it to be, is similar to their recent ‘eGovernment’ announcement (ie suck-up to Bill Gates). Maybe they think putting an ‘e’ in front of a word makes it cool, because they were throwing it around the place that day.

    Anyway, saying you’re going to do something and successfully doing it are two very different things. This government has a habit of saying many things and either doing terrible jobs at implementing them or not doing them at all.

    Having said all that though, I’d be pleased if Bangkok became the fashion centre of asia (and anything else they were wanting it to be)!

  3. scuba (unregistered) on July 13th, 2005 @ 1:55 pm

    “Fashion Mecca” is awesome- I mean, check out the hot hot hot styles coming out of Mecca these days!

  4. 'Pong (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 1:25 pm

    I don’t see it’d happen before the long-awaited Bangkok Art Museum opens. Damn, I miss that busy city.

  5. madonna (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 5:51 pm

    crap fashion …. how on earth can bangkok lay claim …? they came to beijing couple weeks ago to showcase thai fashion from the best thailand has to offer …. what a show!! what a joke!!

  6. Joern N (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 10:17 am

    The problem with the Bangkok Fashion City projects is not its (too high and unrealistic) goals, but the lack of co-operation among government agencies and others involved in the projects. Most of the people simply cannot (or won’t)work together to make these projects really successful.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.