Inspired by the costumes of the masked dance drama called Lakhon Khol, a self-taught Cambodian artist has put his passion for design into a collection to be presented on runways at the Japan International Fashion Gala this December.
Men Seyha who is also known as Oliva Kong, is not a university student learning design skills. Rather, it is his struggles as a young designer and strong interest in the field that caused the 28-year-old to come up with his first ever collection – inspired by traditional Khmer costumes.
Unlike his previous collections that consisted of modern, Western-based styling, his latest designs, which represent six sets of Khmer contemporary dresses are inspired by Lakhon Khol, a masked dance drama with choreography that depicts the Reamker repertoire.
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