A “union of artisanal craftsmanship and indigenous materials creating spectacular masterpieces which can be aesthetic, artistic, creative, cultural, traditional and socially symbolic” is being showcased at The Plaza of Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila (RWM) until 13 June.
Likha: Galing Pinas, an exhibit which is part of RWM’s Independence Day activities, features Filipiniana-inspired gowns by 38 Filipino designers led by Renee Salud.
Philtrade Currents’ Ignacio Caluyo selected members of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines, Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines, Designers Circle Philippines and an exciting crop from the Fashion Designers League of the Philippines.
Among the participating designers are Adam Balasa, Albert Fontanilla, Allan Laserna, Allie Balane, Carl Arcusa, Cathy Mora-Capistrano, Chico Estiva, Cliff Torres, Dan Cadiz, Dave Ocampo, Emmanuel Sabilano, Jennica Castro, Johnny Abad, Karen Castro, Maikee de Leon, Mark Lixcel Lantican, Markie Cadag, Miguel de Guia, Mikee Andrei, Niño Crisanto Ramirez, Paolo Basa, Rafael Gonzalez, Ranel Espaldon, Redge Cautiver, Rey Lazaro, Rikki Molina, Roman RS Sebastian and Sasa Abarentos.
Some of the standouts are Edwin Uy’s modern Filipiniana gold gown with wired butterfly sleeves; Job Dacon’s quincentennial commemoration inspired by the Spanish baroque cathedrals; Redge Cautiver’s “Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope” floral gown; Russ Cuevas’ “A Modern Romance” frock; Gil Granado’s black eleganza; Danika Damo’s dress in a chartreuse like Nicole Kidman’s Dior Chinoiserie at the Oscars; and Sheila Marie del Rosario’s “Hardin ni Ina” light yellow crinoline lace embellished with bead works, floral lace and ostrich feathers.
The ethnic-chic creation by Salud, bridal finery by Mak Tumang and pageant national costumes by Albert Andrada and Francis Libiran are likewise in the exhibit.
Libiran’s “Philippine Sun Princess” was worn by Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Dee.
“The design of the sun on the collar is inspired by the sun of the Philippine flag, customized in signature intricate Art Deco embroidery,” said Libiran. “It is a symbol of optimism, positivity and courage. The custom embroidery pattern is inspired by the historic Visayan tattoo called batek found in the 16th-century Boxer Codex.”
Andrada’s piece, “Pearl of the Orient,” was worn by Pia Wurtzbach at the Miss Universe 2015. The ecru terno with traditional panuelo is adorned with capiz shells, pearls and Swarovski crystals.
The tiered hemline was all done by hand, harking back to the Carnival Queens of the early 1900s. Caluyo, the exhibit’s curator noted the excellent quality of the gowns which deserves wide exposure: “No labor done with passion goes unnoticed. The universe is not blind. The universe rewards!”
For those who can’t personally visit RWM due to current health and safety protocols, log on to the Newport City Facebook page.