Komodo Dragon: An Indonesian Prehistoric Heritage

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The National Costume is created as a collaboration between Fashion Designer Diana M Putri from Diana Couture & Accessories Designers Yuling Hoo and Silvy Prajogo of Le Ciel Design.

Reaching up to 10 feet in length and more than 300 pounds, Komodo dragons are the heaviest lizards on Earth. Native to Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years, the Komodo dragon is often referred as “The last link to the Prehistoric Dinosaurs”.

Diana Putri of Diana Couture chose a Sequin 3D Black & Gold reversible base for the gown, creating an opulent, enigmatic, and feral effect resembling the Komodo. The 3D chest piece and dramatic tail were created with Leather Lasercutting and dyed with a special method to resemble the creature.

The 3D effect of the tail is later emphasized with boning through balens. To add an elegant pageant effect, a Corsetery base is also used to further emphasize Ayuma’s figure. All the beading is done handmade, while all the metal plates to resemble the scales are hand-stitched intricately.

On the other hand, Yuling Hoo & Silvy Prajogo of Le Ciel Design chose 3 different kinds of metals that is combined into 1, these three colors are rustic gold, copper/bronze, and black gold to create an ombré effect on the gown. The scales are created from hammering and stamping. The gown consists of over 5,000 unique scales to create the most opulent yet realistic approach to the costume.

However, the most intricate process was the mechatronic aspect, where the handmade Komodo headpiece relates to a robotic system combining motor, sensory & a microcontroller. The light up choker and gloves are created with a LED controller.

National Costume by @dianamputri & @leciel.design
Photografer by @wongsim
Make Up & Hair do by @bubahalfian using @mustikaratuind Beauty Queen Series
Fashion Stylist by @doleytobing
Sepatu by @langkahbylinalee

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