FDAP’s Indigenous Fashion at the 2016 Environmental Summit
By Edwin Uy
Opening the show was yours truly showcasing my winning international national costume creations also using indigenous and recyclable materials. These were costumes worn by Parul Shah (Miss Grand International 2015 – Best National Costume), Neil Perez (Mister International 2014 and 2nd runner-up in Best National Costume), Mark Bornilla (Mr. Gobal 2015 finalist) and Reniel Villareal (Mr. International 2015 Best National Costume).
The event was highlighted by a fashion show of some FDAP (Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines) members with their creations using indigenous and recyclable materials. The first part of the show featured the indigenous creations of the designers. Other designers who came out with indigenous clothes were Adam Balasa, Armand Remojo, Cathy Cavilte, Chico Estiva, Dave lee Aguirre, Don Cristobal, Don Delantar, James O’Briant, Louie Pangilinan, Paolo Blanco and Rhenee Caparos.
Adam Balasa came out with a dress made out of abaca fiber detailed with white and red beans, monggo and corn tassel with abaca material on skirt made of layers of peanut sack. Armand Remojo’s creation was made of hand painted animal print fabric which was had woven and was embellished with wooden beads. Cathy Cavilte’s creation was a short cocktail dress using a hand woven fabric. Chico Estiva’s creation was a Filipiniana terno gown made from abaca and bamboo strips.
Using a weaved native material, Dave Lee Aguirre’s creation was a short cocktail l from Lumban, Laguna, whixh was handpainted to make an elusion of zebra print.Don Cristobal’s creation was a Filipiniana Maria Clara dress also made from a handwoven fabric. Don Delantar creation was a modern cocktail dress fusing chiffon with a weaved fabric from the Yakan tribe of Mindanao.
While James O’Briant creation was a Filipiniana terno using the native banig material and was accentuated by wood and abaca ropes. Louie Pangilinan’s creation was a terno made from banig and abaca. Paolo Blanco’s creation was a modern evening gown using handwoven Tinalak cloth from the Tivoli tribe of Mindanao which was cut to make geometric patterns and was paired with ruffled piña silk skirt. Rhenee Caparos creation was a multicolored terno gown using banig and abaca material.
The next segment of the show featured the creations of FDAP designers using recyclable materials which I will feature in my next issue. You will see the clothes made and designed using materials like plastic spoons, paper plates, old cd discs etc. so watch out for my next issue if you want to see the artistry of these designers.