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Thailand's 'rule breaker' school uniforms challenge tradition

By Juarawee Kittisilpa and Jorge Silva

 

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Models pose for an advertising campaign wearing Thai designer Tin Tunsopon's creations aiming to be an alternative to the school uniforms that are mandatory in the country, in this handout picture taken in Thailand, June 2020. Wacoal X Post-Thesis/Handout via REUTERS

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - In Thai classrooms, showing a rebellious or creative streak through what you wear is difficult.

 

School uniform rules are strict, down to how pupils' hair should be cut and the type of socks and shoes they are allowed to wear.

 

But as students around the country push back against what they call archaic rules and join a broader pro-democracy movement, a young clothing designer is throwing his support behind them in a colourful way.

 

Tin Tunsopon has taken the typical uniform of pleated skirts and white sailor shirts for girls and neat shorts and white shirts for boys and blown them up into exaggerated versions with huge collars and sleeve ruffles made from shoe laces.

 

"By re-creating these uniforms and giving them various designs...people can see that we should no longer be attached to the (traditional) uniforms anymore," 23-year-old Tin told Reuters.

 

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Models pose for an advertising campaign wearing Thai designer Tin Tunsopon's creations aiming to be an alternative to the school uniforms that are mandatory in the country, in this handout picture taken in Thailand, June 2020. Wacoal X Post-Thesis/Handout via REUTERS

 

The clothing line labeled the 'rule breakers' was launched in collaboration with the Wacoal lingerie brand in June with prices ranging from $100 to a top end of $475, for a long pleat skirt with a big bow.

 

Tin said they are designed for "modern day girls, who are not afraid to express themselves and move with confidence".

 

"The uniforms break away from the traditional forms, although still resembles a uniform ... I want to support kids to be as creative as they can," said Tin.

 

Tin has named his label 'Post-Thesis', a nod to his graduation project at Bangkok University, where he examined the purpose of uniforms and how they can be changed.

 

The rebellious movement sweeping through Thai high schools has been dubbed "Bad Student" by its leaders. Students have worn white ribbons, publicly hacked off their hair and made "Hunger Games" salutes in a bid to shake up the country's rigid education system.

 

(Writing by Ed Davies; editing by Jane Wardell)

 

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Our school uniform was Donkey jacket, jeans and boots.... regards worgeordie

Keep the standard School uniform--- Its better for the poorer people in Essan etc. Can be brought at Tesco & is handed down from older sister or neighbor.

in thailand it is all about conformity, thus no critical thinking

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A few years back there was a collage pic of girls from different Universities and the length of their skirts ... it was pretty good.  You had the short (to very short) sexy skirts then the knee length and then the ankle length skirts ... you could tell where the young ladies went to school.

 

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Oh my. Love the resistance of the Bad Students to have new change and old dinosaur ways put out to pasture, but if I was a boy in school my testosterone level would be off the charts and my grades same way in the other direction.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Models pose for an advertising campaign wearing Thai designer Tin Tunsopon's creations aiming to be an alternative to the school uniforms that are mandatory in the country, in this handout picture taken in Thailand,

A nice handfull of ladyboys in the photo

just saying...

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1 hour ago, sanuk711 said:

 

Keep the standard School uniform--- Its better for the poorer people in Essan etc. Can be brought at Tesco & is handed down from older sister or neighbor.

True, but most schools have three, sometimes four uniforms: the regular uniform, the sport uniform (and I've seen some dreadful colours for these), the scout uniform which has evolved in the West but not in Thailand where pre-war style is still the norm, plus some schools have a colourful shirt on Fridays.

 

Thats hardly keeping the cost down!

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