A life dedicated to inspire and be inspired by women seems to be a pre destined matter for Sebastian Gunawan. Born in a tight knit family with 4 brothers and 2 sisters, his interest in style started early thanks to his elegant mother's natural flair in fashion. This led to a discovery that the young Sebastian Gunawan is gifted in fashion illustration. From mere hobby, this talent was then honed by a degree in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. The glamorous air of Hollywood seems to be a starting point for his design inspirations, something that was later honed at Milan's famed Instituto Morangoni. It was here when he met his wife and creative partner, Cristina Panarese. He and Cristina then came back to Jakarta, Indonesia and launched his line, Sebastian Gunawan in 1992. In the same year represented Indonesia at the prestigious "Young Fashion Designers Contest". His distinctive style was later recognized internationally when he received the First Award at the "International Apparel Federation World Young Designer Award 2004" in Barcelona, Spain. A year later he was invited to show his collection at "Moda in 3D" in Rome, Italy.
Sebastian continues to grow his presence by launching two ready to wear lines. The first one, "Red Label by Sebastian & Cristina" and "Votum". He cites his family and the ongoing desire to make women look their most beautiful as the driving force behind his never ending inspirations.
Born in Leece, Cristina's desire to look different from everybody was the first inkling of her path of creative exploration. From the tender age of 11 years old, she has already sketched and designed her own clothes and have someone make it for her. What started as a hobby gradually became a real passion, which then helped her decide to go and study at the Instituto Morangoni in Milan, which was when she met Sebastian Gunawan, her life and creative partner. Her designs are detailed, feminine and thoughtful. As she herself has said, " (I'm) always offering a variety of silhouettes in order to satisfy a range of tastes." A sensibility that led her to be the perfect persona behind the two highly versatile yet still exclusive ready to wear line, SEBASTIANred and VOTUM.
More than just a partner, Cristina and Sebastian continues to push each other's vision and creativity in creating their much loved and much applauded designs. On this, she said "working so closely with Sebastian meant that we essentially “mentored” each other, as we have always been able to feed off each other’s creativity."
Celebrating a return to classic glamour and the beauty of womanhood, 'Sebastian Gunawan' is widely known as the label to count on for one off couture creations with extraordinary attention to details. First launched in Indonesia in 1993, the label has now reached an international audience through its appearances on various global fashion events.
SEBASTIANred by Sebastian Gunawan & Cristina Panarese was launched in 2000 to cater the urban market in need of affordable yet luxurious occassion wear. The line is now available at four privately operated boutiques all over Indonesia and has achieved and established status as the go to premium fashion label for the high end society.
SEBASTIANsposa by Sebastian Gunawan & Cristina Panarese was launched in 2006. Created to cater the market in need of accessible & luxurious wedding gowns. This ready to wear line offers unique and exclusive designs as well as personalized made to meadure service. The collection is available to view by appoinment at the Sunter showroom in Jakarta.
VOTUM by Sebastian Gunawan & Cristina Panarese was launched in 1995 to cater the young and urban market in need of affordable yet luxurious cocktail dresses. This ready to wear line is now available at numerous retail points all over Indonesia and has achieved and established status as the go to fashion label for the local market.