Bourdieu’s concepts of legitimacy and symbolic capital have provided invaluable insights for the structures of social relations. These concepts have been used by many researchers in many different fields. However, there is a lack of academic discussion using these two concepts to study the connection between legitimacy and the practice of symbolic capital in the field of kebaya. Referring to this fact, this study aims to fill the gap. Therefore, this project is intended to examine how legitimacy is gained by an Indonesian female kebaya designer, Anne Avantie, and how the symbolic capital operates in the field of kebaya. In an attempt to collect the data, a close observation on a kebaya show held by Anne Avantie had been done and some articles about her had been read. Meanwhile, this project applies a qualitative method. The research finding shows that Avantie initially received legitimacy as a kebaya designer from consumers and then followed by many other important parties such as politicians, many organizations and institutions. This success generates the symbolic capital that puts her as a kebaya trandsetter and enables her to change the doxa of kebaya.
Keywords: legitimacy, symbolic capital, doxa, field of kebaya