Local fashion house Shiatzy Chen showed off its flower-inspired spring/summer 2011 collection in Taipei on Nov. 4 ahead of the opening of the Taipei International Flora Expo. (China Times)
EeLin models present finishing pose, which is the record long in Taiwan's fashion show history, at Lin An-tai Ancestral Home, now the expo's Palace of Flora Teas. (China Times)
One hundred models showed off 100 dresses with the theme of flowers at Taipei's Lin An-tai Ancestral Home, located in the park for the Taipei International Flora Expo, on Thursday night (Nov. 4).
"The ideas for the dresses came from the many kinds of flowers in Taiwan to reflect the theme of the expo," said Wang Chen Tsai-hsia, chief designer for Taiwan fashion house Shiatzy Chen.
Wang said that the show has broken three records in Taiwan's fashion business - the longest catwalk, the most models in one show, and the longest finishing pose.
A total of 100 EeLin models took to the catwalk with Shiatzy Chen's flora-inspired spring-summer collection in the rain at Lin An-tai Ancestral Home, now the expo's Palace of Flora Teas.
Approximately 200 people, including politicians and ambassadors attended the show. Tomiya Yamada, a Japanese tourist who earned the nickname "Expo Granny" for attending the entire six months of the Shanghai World Expo, was also invited to the show and will serve as a tourist ambassador at the Taipei expo.
An hour-long firework show is scheduled to begin at 9pm on Saturday (Nov. 6) as part of the flora expo's opening ceremony. Italian firework consultant Recardo Caballer said that the fireworks will be launched to the sounds of Spanish music along the 6km river bank from the Dachia Riverside Park to Chunghsiao Bridge.
"I am quite sure that our firework will impress everybody, if the weather is fine," Caballer said.
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said that the expo is more than an exhibition of flowers and plants. "It is a demonstration of Taipei's efforts to create a harmonious relationship between people and nature," Hau said.
The expo will open on Nov. 6 and run until April 25, 2011. It is the largest international event ever hosted by the Taipei city government.