In Royal Fashion
In the 1960s and 1970s, Queen Sirikit of Thailand was oftenvoted as one of the most beautiful and best-dressed women inthe world. Through her Support Foundation she has helpedrestore the Thai silk industry to its rightful place in Thailand’scommercial success, and has provided employment and a newfuture to over 100,000 rural women.During her early trips to the USA and Europe accompanyingHis Majesty King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, the queen wished toshowcase the beauty of Thai silk and commissioned the Frenchcouturier,Pierre Balmain to create outfits in both Western andThai styles, the latter being inspired by historic models.
These exquisite costumes are now housed in the magnificentQueen Sirikit Textile Museum in Bangkok, in the grounds ofthe Grand Palace, and are thus on show for visitors to enjoyand marvel at. This book features all of these costumes andmore, as well as a fascinating section of historical photography,an historical account of Thai costume and Thai silk brocade.