Contemporary takes on the barong, terno, and saya

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A classic mermaid cut terno by Jhun Ador

Members of the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines held a timely showcase of their contemporary take on traditional Philippine national costumes during the ‘Metamorphosis of Filipino Barong, Terno, at Saya’ fashion show and exhibit, a joint project of the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI) and the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP).

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Held at the Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall in Ortigas Center, the presentation served as a two-fold celebration of May’s Flores de Mayo and the country’s 118th Independence Day.

The fashion show featured 60 exquisite creations from 30 designers turning the Filipino barong, terno and saya into contemporary streetwear, cocktail outfits, and long formal gowns, while retaining the Filipino essence of the designs.

imon Ariel Vasquez goes for color and modern embroidery for his barong Tagalog

imon Ariel Vasquez goes for color and modern embroidery for his barong Tagalog

All the clothes presented were made exclusively by FDAP designers for this event. The Filipino Heritage Festival Inc. and Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines want to show the flexibility of the Philippine National costumes not only for formal occasions by blending the laid-back design and modern style into one and making it perfect for today’s fashion trends.

The exhibit, on the other hand, highlighted 20 ternos that display the talents and craftsmanship of the Filipino designers and bring the traditional costumes to the 21st century. Twenty FDAP members participated in the exhibit.

With this, the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines successfully showed the evolution of butterfly-sleeved dresses from the traditional to the modern, mixing classic designs and innovative techniques and functionality.

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