Over 20 years ago, two designers — Phisit Jongnarangsin and Saxit Pisalasupongs — came together to release a series of ready-to-wear pieces in Thailand’s leading department stores as ‘Tube Gallery’. Fast forward to today, and the duo’s collections have been showcased not just in Bangkok alone, but in some of the most reputed fashion events worldwide, from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo, to even New York and Paris. They’ve graced programmes like America’s Next Top Model, and have been worn by the likes of Ashley Robert of Pussycat Dolls and Girls Aloud’s Kimberly Walsh.
Of course, mainstream runways aren’t the only place where Tube Gallery has made its mark — the two also have a pretty firm footing for the extravagant world of costume design. A particularly noteworthy example of their costume-design portfolio are the costumes found in the “Manorah” royal ballet, performed during the royal cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. As the Thai designers ring in two decades of stunning craftsmanship and collaboration, the two have decided to merge the worlds of art and fashion — as their designs so often do — in a commemorative art exhibition, titled ‘The World of Tube Gallery’.
The World of Tube Gallery: The Inspiration
Rather avid globetrotters, both Phisit and Saxit often have the chance to be exposed to — and naturally appreciate — a wide range of the arts, and it’s through these creative influences that they later find inspiration for their unique collections back home. Over the years, the two have worked with globally acclaimed artists including Belgian modern artist Christian Develter, whose artwork was manifested into a collection of pieces for Tube Gallery.
The collection is today one of the most recognised releases by the two designers — fun fact: it’s been presented to Queen Mathilde when the King and Queen of Belgium paid their visit to Bangkok.
The Exhibition: What’s in Store
Set in RCB Gallery, on the 2nd floor of River City Bangkok, the exhibition showcases different silhouettes from different creations that Tube Gallery has created throughout the last 20 years. Some of these come directly from the designers’ archive, while others were owned by various celebrities — many of these silhouettes are being shown to the public for the very first time. As visitors walk past each of the designs, they’re transported back in time, through Tube Gallery’s fascinating — and rather fabulous — history. Not only that, but the exhibition also comes with the launch of a new collection, inspired by the artwork of young-gen artist Ploy Kasom.
Who Was There?
The opening of the exhibition was warmly attended by frequents of Bangkok’s art and fashion scenes alike, who gathered to marvel at the silhouettes, before continuing to the rooftop for an afterparty.
The party featured a special show by drag queen Panpan Nakprasert, along with a mini concert by Kam Wichayanee and Bie Sukrit. Scroll through the gallery below to see more of who was there.
The World of Tube Gallery will be on display until March 20 at River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit rivercitybangkok.com.