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Ao Dai Fashion Show. Hanoi, Vietnam

Sometimes, cultural diplomacy speaks through a good visual story: Indira Gumarova presented Czech Republic via the national dress of Vietnam in Ao Dai Fashion show to celebrate International Women's Day 2024 and hit the runway in Czech Cibulak aka blue onion pattern on porcelain. The ao dai was designed by Vietnamese designer Do Trinh Hoai Nam.

INDIRA GUMAROVA WAS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON SHARING THE LESSON HOW TO STYLE FOR WORK IN THE WEST IN COMPARISON WITH VIETNAM. THE WORKSHOP ON WORKING WOMEN ETIQUETTE WAS ORGANIZED BY VIETNAM WOMEN ASSOCIATION TOGETHER WITH TAIWAN MISSION IN VIETNAM ON MARCH 14,2024 IN HANOI, VIETNAM

POLITICS OF FASHION IN THE CLOSET OF THE DIPLOMATIC SPOUSES

Indira Gumarova asked a couple of spouses of ambassadors to open their closets for a never-before-seen peek inside their wardrobes focusing on uncovering intricacies behind their fashion choices.

Diplomacy is a projection focusing on the result rather than on the bones and skeleton; on what goes behind. Exactly this aspect was most intriguing to her. First ladies’ fashion is widely glossed in the press, but if I ask you to draw the diplomat, whom will you draw? In which clothes? Indira’s goal is to help you to translate the messages behind the clothes, to learn diplomatic rules of fashion you cannot study at any school, and to tell you the surprising stories behind the stage about how people in the diplomatic and political worlds are dressed and why. If the Fashion of diplomacy is what to wear, the diplomacy of fashion is the reason why to wear it.

Celebrity fashion photographer William Perez, who has shot ambassadors wives, to give a visual glance into this exclusive yet shadowed world that depicts subtle messages, alongside screaming mistakes where a fusion of countless external things in a diplomat’s universe are simultaneously negotiated. From boring treaties setting quotas on the sugar supply up to paying the ransom money for the men kidnapped last week on the island you have never heard about.

Photo caption (from left to right): Bernie Haspels, Dutch Amb Spouse to China; Indira Gumarova, Czech Amb Spouse to Vietnam; Laurette Jaeger, Spouse of Amb and Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to EFTA,WTO and UN


 

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Sphere on Spiral Stairs

Ring for Princess
Necklace for Queen

Presentation of Role of Jewelry in Diplomacy         private event, Hanoi, Vietnam 

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First Fashion Gala 2022

On October 12,2022, Diplomacy and Fashion put Washington DC on the map as a First Ladies fashion hub in one of the most influential cities in the world. As the most prestigious non-partisan fashion event in Washington DC, First Fashion Gala showcased 40 designers who have dressed First Ladies, First Gentlemen, Kings, and Queens from around the world. In addition, there was a retrospective exhibit  that included original pieces from Edith Wilson, Brigitte Macron, Imelda Marcos, Ethel Kennedy, Kersti Kaljulaid and Princess Reema Al Saud. First Fashion Gala was a premier Black Tie Event chaired by Anne Simonian Totah that funds scholarships for low-income or single-parent students who want to study diplomacy or fashion in the nation or abroad. 350 guests attended the event to see the creations inspired by First Ladies from around the world. 

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 The Conrad Hotel, Washington DC

NOMINATED FOR EMMY AWARD

Mini TV series about Madeleine Albright’s pins

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THE PINS OF

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

Last year, Diplomacy and Fashion collaborated with Events DC, the premier host of cultural events in Washington DC, on mini tv series about the role of diplomacy and fashion and gave first ever award to former US  Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  

She was known worldwide for her wearing fashionable pins to convey political messages. 
 

This year, one of the film mini tv series about Madeleine Albright’s pins was nominated for
Emmy awards. I hope we’ll win.


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FOOD FILM AND FASHION INITIATIVE

Diplomacy and Fashion Presents New Initiative:
3Fs: Food, Film and Fashion