The night of TANABATA
the 7th day of the 7th month
Fashion inspired by Japanese story
The once-yearly meeting of Orihime (Vega), the weaver star and patron of silk farming, and Hikoboshi (Altair), the cowherd star and agricultural messenger.
Orihime, the Weaving Princess, was so skilled in weaving clothes along the bank of the Heavenly River Amanogawa, the garments she crafted were beautiful and fine like no other. Her father, the Sky King Tentei, loved wearing the clothes his daughter made.
Because of her father's fondness for her garments, Orihime worked hard to weave new and wonderful things day in, day out. While she enjoyed seeing her father happy, she also felt rather sad and lonely - focusing on her weaving, she'd never be able to meet someone and ultimately fall in love.

Her father noticed Orihime's sadness and arranged her to meet Hikoboshi, the Cow Herder that worked on the other side of the Heavenly River. The two of them fell in love the second as they laid their eyes upon each other. They didn't hesitate for long and became married shortly after. Living their life as a happy couple, Orihime neglected her weaving, and Hikoboshi let his cows roam free all over Heaven.

The Sky King was angered by the neglect of the couple's duties, separated them, and ultimately forbade them to meet. Orihime, on one side of the Heavenly River, was heartbroken, as her beloved was out of reach, on the other side of the river. She turned to her father in desperation, pleading him to let her meet her beloved Hikoboshi.

The Sky King couldn't help but notice Orihime's unhappiness and allowed her to see Hikoboshi on the 7th day of the 7th month. When the day of their meeting finally came, Orihime and Hikoboshi realized that there was no bridge across the Heavenly River - and by that, it would be impossible for them to meet.

Devastated, Orihime broke down and cried bitter tears. Her anguish was so great, a flock of magpies heard her crying and built a bridge with their wings, allowing Orihime to cross the river and see Hikoboshi. The birds also made a promise: they would come back on every 7th day of the 7th month to reunite the lovers.

Orihime represents the stellar formation of Vega, while Hikoboshi stands for Altair. You might have already guessed it, but the Heavenly River is none other than the Milky Way. The intersection of those two stars first gave birth to the lore that then created Tanabata Festival. The characters for Tanabata literally mean "Evening of the Seventh", a direct referral to the 7th day of the 7th month mentioned in the lore.
Photographer : David Ryo
Clothes : Mingmong Design
Stylist : Lookme Fiona
Makeup Artist : Kachain
Hair Stylist : Fle Fle Fle
Model : Nahm (IG : @Nahmwachi) / Chompoo (IG : @Muaaylek)
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