The Indonesian designer talks partnership, productivity and tea.

The art of detail: Meet Sebastian Gunawan

Feminine silhouettes, cinched waists and playful looks are just a few characteristics rooted in Sebastian Gunawan’s designs. Combining lace with Swarovski crystals, encrusted beads and sequins sewn by hand, each and every detail is applied with utmost precision.

The leading designer made his way to fashion schools in Jakarta, LA and Milan to pursue his 

design aspirations, before establishing his own fashion house in Indonesia in 1993. “I take a minimal amount of breaks. My only break during my office hours is my lunchtime. I just like to be productive and efficient. It is important for me to get things done and not procrastinate,” explains the Indonesian-born designer about his normal working day.

Combining lace with Swarovski crystals, encrusted beads and sequins sewn by hand, each and every detail is applied with utmost precision.

When asked about the creative relationship with his wife Cristina Panarese, Sebastian Gunawan explains: “We met while we were college friends at the Institute of Marangoni in Milan. It is wonderful; we are able to freely express our

ideas without any hesitation. This makes our creativity limitless and we can explore almost anything.”

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In conversation: a designer dedicated to distinct detail and powering through the day

Let’s start with the easy questions, here we go! What is your biggest pet peeve?
Probably when my dogs get noisy in the middle of the night. That bothers me the most.

What time of day do you get inspired the most? Early hours? Or are you a night owl?
I get inspired mostly during my relaxed time before going to bed.

Crucial question: How do you take your coffee?
Hahaha. Sorry, I am more of a tea drinker. Not a big fan of coffee.

What makes the Sebastian Gunawan for COUTURiSSIMO woman?
I can feel the need in the market for an affordable ready-to-wear piece with a couture feel. In my designs, we try to incorporate intricate details, extensive attention to details, giving it a couture sense.

Is there a particular Sebastian Gunawan for COUTURiSSIMO celebrity client that has made a lasting impression on you?
I don’t have someone in particular. However, maybe I could say Karen Mok.

If you could travel the world in a day, where would you go?
I would go to Italy. It is where I spent my times studying to be a Fashion Designer and where I met my wife, my creative partner, Cristina Panarese.

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