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By Edwin Uy

Creating fashion using fabrics is something all designers can do but creating fashion using waste and recyclable materials with class and taste is truly a work of art that can only be done by a few designers.

Richie Bondoc using cut green soda bottles
Richie Bondoc using cut green soda bottles
Dave Ocampo creation using old cds (compact discs) and dextrose tubing
Dave Ocampo creation using old cds (compact discs) and dextrose tubing
Russ Cuevas design using fruit juice foil and green plastic bags
Russ Cuevas design using fruit juice foil and green plastic bags

Last week, my article was about the indigenous collection of the fashion designers from FDAP (Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines). That was actually the first part of the fashion show during the 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition for this Environmental Summit held last June 21, 2016 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall.

The second part of the show was the creation of the fashion designers (who were also members of the FDAP), made from recycled materials which caught the attention of the audience. They were amazed how these recycled materials almost considered as trash, were transformed into fashionable outfits. The guest of honor, Senator Loren Legarda was so amazed that she wanted to have one recycled outfit made for her to be used in the future SONA.

Vince Sityar piece using plastic chicken wire and plastic bags
Vince Sityar piece using plastic chicken wire and plastic bags
Marjorie Lee Gumabay using plastic spoons
Marjorie Lee Gumabay using plastic spoons

Gil Granado created a gold cocktail dress intricately embellished with circular designs using tissue paper. Vince Sityar made a white couture dress using plastic chicken wire and plastic bags. Nere Ku created a casual ensemble using plastic net bag. Using the colors of the Philippine flag, his creation of a modern Baro and Sarong gave a modern Filipiniana look and was matched with a bag and shoes which he also designed and created. Russ Cuevas created a cocktail dress made of recycled fruit juice foil for the bustier top and plastic wrap rosette for the mullet skirt. Rian Fernandez made an interfuse of ivory and gold paper plates that were cut into strips to make an ombre effect and was coupled with plastic bag overcoat.

Richie Bondoc used green plastic soda bottles cut into small square pieces attached to a corset mini dress and accentuated with a gold belt. Dave Ocampo used old cd discs for his cocktail dress creation matched with a bag also made from the same material. His creation was matched with a high fashion neckpiece made from dextrose tubing and wires. Marjorie Lee Gumabay created a white gown using recycled plastic spoons which was gathered from fast foods.

Nere Ku creation using plastic net bags
Nere Ku creation using plastic net bags
Gil Granado creation using tissue paper
Gil Granado creation using tissue paper
Rian Fernandez design using paper plates and plastic bags
Rian Fernandez design using paper plates and plastic bags

Watch out for more stunning creations from FDAP members as they will showcase more indigenous and recycled fashion in their upcoming event, BODYSHOTS 2016. This is a modelling search for male and female candidates who will be wearing outfits created by the members of the FDAP. This just shows how truly talented the new young members of the FDAP are and the fashion industry is definitely expecting more from them in the future.

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