By opening its new flagship location at the Molito Lifestyle Center in Alabang, Art Lounge Manila is returning to its roots. The gallery is part of the Galerie Francesca Group that opened its first branch in Festival Mall Alabang 17 years ago.
“Although our clients come from far and wide, we consider the south to be our home and where the roots of our galleries really are. We were proud to be part of a group of galleries who were the first ones to open up a space in the south,” said Susanne Tiausas, managing director of Art Lounge Manila.
Art Lounge aims to entertain, educate and enrich those who enter its spaces. One is given the experience of learning from a visit to the museum and from watching a live performance or just interacting with art and culture in a more accessible and less intimidating space.
Art Lounge Manila opened with the fashion show Voyageur that showcased designs by Robbie Santos of Septième Rebelle. The pieces used textile designs of Presidential Merit Awardee Juvenal Sansó.
Before making a name as a master painter, Sansó created textile designs for fashion houses such as Balenciaga. Having just graduated from the École Nationale des Beaux Artes in Paris, he had the foresight to know that immediately competing with European artists for a slot in an art gallery would have been counterproductive.
As an artist, Sansó had a fresh take on colors, patterns and materials. His designs consisted of abstract geometrics, florals and other botanicals. He also incorporated freer splashes of color reminiscent of abstract expressionism — a movement that was currently in vogue in America.
Sansó’s stint in fashion allowed him to expand his network. It was during this phase of his career that he met Elsa Schiaparelli. The iconic designer introduced Sansó to Galerie Lucie Weill who gave him his first solo exhibition. His strategy of starting out in fashion paid off.
As a fashion designer with an appreciation for fine art, Robbie Santos feels a certain kinship with Sansó. Voyageur is his second collection to feature the renowned painter’s textile prints.
As the name of the collection suggests, Santos takes inspiration from the revenge travel phenomenon. Hence, the pieces are designed for ease of movement. Because Sansó’s work was made in the 50s and early 60s, Santos makes use of the same classic feminine silhouettes of the era — A-line, flared and serpentina skirts, plus the profuse use of ruffles and flowers.
The glamour of looks in the Voyageur fashion show and photo shoot were complemented by Riqueza, the exquisite fine jewelry label of Erica
Concepcion-Reyes. The exhibit was meticulously conceptualized by creative genius Vince Uy, with the textile designs on display curated by Cindel Tiausas of Art Lounge Manila. Mannequins on loan from luxury fashion distributor Noble House brought form to the collection. Coordinating on the event and directing the fashion show was the IMPRINT Media Group of Tedrick Yau and Patricia Barcelon.
Art Lounge Manila plans to hold more shows in support of different advocacies.
Voyageur is on display at Art Lounge Manila at Molito Lifestyle Center in Alabang until 28 June.