Monday, July 4, 2011

Philippine Fashion Designers Pays Metrowear Tribute to Filipiniana

One hundred designers presented their interpretations of the terno and barong Tagalog in a Philippine Fashion event last Thursday night June 30, 2011. Participating in "Metrowear Filipiniana" are designers from all major design groups. The event, organized by Metro magazine, aims to commemorate the Philippines’ 113th year of independence.

Different interpretations of the traditional Filipino dress are expected to be seen during the event. The Young Designers’ Guild will present avant-garde, while the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines and the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines will take on red carpet gowns and cocktail dresses, respectively.

International Filipino designers Albert Andrada, Cary Santiago and Ezra will showcase theatrical creations. Those from Cebu will present bridal interpretations, while independent designers will do modern pieces. The show will also have a men’s wear collection, featuring designs by Anthony Nocom, Gerry Katigbak, Aries Lagat, Joey Samson, Jerome Lorico, Jeffrey Rogador and Barge Ramos, among many others.

A segment during the show will also showcase the works of Filipiniana masters Mike dela Rosa, Loreto, Patis Tesoro, Danilo Franco, Efren Ocampo, Greg Centeno and Nolie Hans. Other well-known designers who will take part in "Metrowear Filipiniana" include Rajo Laurel, John Herrera, Randy Ortiz, JC Buendia, Fanny Serrano, Avel Bacudio and Francis Libiran.

On top of these is an exhibit featuring jewelry, bags, accessories and shoe designs by Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rocio, Ana Rocha, Nicole Whisenhunt, Michelline Syjuco, Cesar Gaupo and Mich Dulce. The terno is primarily composed of a baro (blouse), saya (long skirt) and panuelo (a cloth placed over the shoulders and back, just like a shawl) of the same pattern.

Initially considered as daily wear, it has become the attire for formal events and state occasions in the Philippines. The barong Tagalog, meanwhile, is an embroidered formal garment usually made of piña, jusi or banana fabric.

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