Seven designers in different categories were awarded at the first ever NCCA Ready to Wear (RTW) Clothing Design Competition spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) held in conjunction with Design Week Philippines 2016.
“We want the designs and the textiles to be mainstreamed and to be promoted throughout the country,” said NCCA Deputy Executive Director Marichu Tellano.
Three categories were opened for the design competition: student, professional, and fashion and clothing companies.
For the professional category, AJ Bernabe’s “bul-ol” inspired adaptation of the classic Barong Tagalog paired with a geometrically structured denim skirt bagged the first prize.
Jinggay Serag’s Balangay inspired piece crafted out of the Iloko’s inabel textile with kusikos or whirlwind pattern won the second prize while Daryl Maat’s Igorot inspired creation with its woven cloth from the Bontoc tribe was awarded third prize.
Among the notable creations for the professional category are Rosalie Norico-Mediola’s take on the Pan-ay Bukidnon traditional attire, dubbed “Hinabal Bukidnon” and Evangeline Rosales Badulis’ Pinya Inabel Hand which is among the few designs made for men.
For the student category, Kimberly Baydo’s “Tree Hugger” was given sole recognition. Her creation features a modern take on the Hanunuo Mangyan’s ramit weave.
Among the 62 entries, Bernabe’s creation also received the “Peoples’ Choice Award.” A special citation was given Harvic Dominguez of CORDI Apparel and Accessories as the sole entry under the Clothing Line Category
According to Tellano, the design competitions is only the start of a possible series and for the next year, they will be banking on both male and female designs as most of the submissions for this year are designs for females.