KUALA LUMPUR: Batik is more about style than it is about fashion, which can go out of date, said Italian designer Alviero Martini.
(As a designer) I did not like fashion very much but I wanted to promote style. (Unlike style) fashion lasts for a few months. Batik is more about style, he said.
Martini is among the established Italian designers who will present their batik creations at the An Italian Affair: Batik Expressions fashion show and dinner on Sunday.
Batik's versatility, he said, could make it acceptable to European and American designers because it is not heavy and you can do so many things with it.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition of 50 Years of Italian Fashion at the National Art Gallery since November last year, the dinner will feature works of 21 Italian fashion designers.
The 100-odd outfits to be displayed are those by Versace, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo and Gianfranco Ferre and local designers Bernard Chandran, Farah Khan, Khoon Hooi and Tom Abang Saufi.
The dinner is organised by Yayasan Budi Penyayang, Batik Guild Sdn Bhd and Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry in conjunction with the Italian Embassy.
Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, who is Penyayang chairman, said the event was part of the Malaysia Batik - Crafted for the World project.
Ticket sales will go to the National Disaster Relief Fund for the tsunami victims.
The sponsors are Eau Claire, Mahkota Technologies and International College of Music, Malaysia Airlines, Nikko Hotel, Astro and The Star.