Friends of Ben Farrales stage grand tribute to the Dean of PH Fashion

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The Dean of Philippine Fashion Ben Ferrales (center) flanked by Philippine Fashion Week’s Joey Audie Espino and his models at his PWF Spring-Summer 2014 runway show

The Dean of Philippine Fashion Ben Ferrales (center) flanked by Philippine Fashion Week’s Joey Audie Espino and his models at his PWF Spring-Summer 2014 runway show

(Photos from Farrales’ Spring-Summer 2014 runway show at the Philippine Fashion Week)

A grand fashion show featuring from 70 to 90 of the works of the Dean of Philippine Fashion Ben Farrales will be held at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la Hotel on January 31 at 6 p.m.

The gala is a tribute staged by friends of “Mang Ben” led by businesswoman and agriculture advocate, Dr. Milagros Ong-How. The show will feature Farrales’ couture creations, highlighting more than 50 years of his discipline and dedication to the Philippine fashion scene.

Described as the definitive tribute to the master designer, the show is divided into three parts and will feature the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Olivier Ochanine.


The first part, “Pais Tropicale,” highlights Island-Living fashion, showcasing resort collections from swimsuits to lounge wear, to cocktail outfits inspired by tropical island moods.

The second part, “Moda Maynila,” shows off the draped gowns that the designer is famous for—chic, contemporary and cosmopolitan fashion, with fluid lines and simplicity that spell “classic.”

The third part is “Farrales Filipiñiana” and consists of Muslim-inspired gowns, traditional ternos and Maria Claras, with two wedding gowns as the piece de resistance in the finale.

Around 30 models and beauty queens like Justine Gabionza, April Love Jordan, Maricarl Tolosa, Jennifer Barrientos, Stephanie Malibiran, Aya Abesamis, JP Abinuman Cox, Patty Bettita, Gem Padilla, Sara Jane Paez, Izza Gonzalez, Marina Benipayo, Annette Coronel, Suyen Chi and Dez Verdadero will model the Farrales creations.

Proceeds of the show will go to “Mang Ben’s” foundation, the Congregacion Del Santisimo Nombre Del Niño Jesus.

In his biography on Wikipedia, Farrales is noted “as the living legend [in Philippine fashion design].”

“He was the first Filipino designer to launch a fashion show in Manila Hotel in 1959,” the write-up continued. “In 1984, he became the first Filipino [to mount]a show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., which was received by a thunderous ovation. Summing up, he has presented over 200 shows here and abroad.

“Among Filipino designers, Farrales is most famous for his Muslim-inspired look where tribal elements and indigenous materials are woven together. Best known is his Filipiniana, color-rich designs, he is one of the 2005 Ten Outstanding Filipino awardees. His creations are unmistakably Filipino and inarguably world-class.”

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