If you love fashion to any degree, you would probably love an opportunity to meet one of the successful fashion designers in the world. My Indonesian Heritage Society group went to Harry Darsono Museum for our activity this month. (Our group’s first trip was to Roemah Djawa) Harry Darsono is an haute couture originally from Surabaya, Indonesia. Having gone to the tour without any prior knowledge except for knowing that he was a very well-known Indonesian fashion designer, I was quite stunned to find out all of Harry Darsono’s personal history before he became a designer.
He commenced a tour explaining his background and we learned that he suffered from nerve issues as a child and had to switch schools 4 times as schools could not handle him for his very aggressive behaviors. Then one day, something happened to his nerve system and he lost his ability to speak. He did not speak a word for 18 years according to him.
Harry Darsono recounted that he used spinning, sawing and stitching as means of his therapy. His work which is displayed all over his home is all hand-made and hand-stitched and the details made with needle are unbelievable as you could see in the photo above. Harry Darsono says he only needs to sleep for one or two hours a day, which is one of the symptoms that people with his type of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) have. Instead of sleeping, he worked and produced one of a kind dresses.
One thing that struck me which he mentioned repeatedly to our group during the tour is that he didn’t believe in talent. He believes in hard work, dedication and determination and they are the key to a success. He told us to learn from the mistakes you make. I found those words very encouraging and insightful.
Have you ever experienced a moment where you felt that you met a genius? Meeting Harry Darsono at his home museum was like that. I think that Harry Darsono lives in a completely different world from mine. I’m on the ground and he’s up in the air. Through my observation at Harry Darsono’s museum, eccentricity seems to be what brought him to a success. He is truly gifted. Now I feel like I am not even sure if I know what fashion is after my visit at Harry Darsono Museum.
Today is Monday and yes, it is the day of a week for my Monday Mode (if you know what that is)! Today instead of showing photos of my style, I decided to tell you about the visit I had at an Indonesian fashion designer’s home. That is more exciting for you to see, I’m sure! I hope you could grasp what it was like to be at the Museum through my photos.
Thank you, my Indonesian Heritage Society group and Harry Darsono, for the opportunity to have a fashion experience. Thank you for visiting!!