These exhibits put a focus on Filipino style as art

Fashion has its unique way of preserving culture and heritage.

Clothes are more than just a mere item that is used to cover one’s body. It is a tool for self-expression. For designers, it is an avenue for their creativity as they turn inspiration into wearable art. Fashion also has its unique way of preserving culture and heritage. In the roster of the Philippines, we now have two National Artists in the Design Category, Ramon Valera and Salvacion Lim Higgins, proving designers too are artists in their own rights. As we are now at the peak of the resurgence of Filipino traditional garments, these treasured clothing are now seen not just in formal events but also on display in various exhibitions. Below are some of the fashion exhibits celebrating local styles and the new and OG designers that continue to keep them alive.

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‘Kasuotang Filipino: Mga Likha ni Patis Tesoro’

Apart from being honored at the upcoming Artefino Festival 2023, Filipino fashion designer Patis Tesoro and her works are being celebrated at the Museo ng Makati. Over two dozen of the Grand Dame of Filipino Fashion are available for viewing at the exhibit, dubbed “Kasuotang Filipino: Mga Likha ni Patis Tesoro.” Apart from her designs, also curated in the exhibit are indigenous ensembles and local tapestries. The exhibit, in partnership with Filipino HeritageFestival Inc, runs until the end of September. Museo ng Makati is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.

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Festival Walk Parade

Illongo designer Ram Silva is known for creating show-stopping looks that graced the international pageant scene. This time, his designs are on display at the Festival Walk Parade in Iloilo City where style enthusiasts can see his masterworks up close. Some of the pieces featured in the exhibit are his gilded terno ensemble for Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez, “Pinay” suit and intricately beaded terno gown for Miss Universe Philippines 22020 Rabiya Mateo. The exhibit runs until Aug. 30.

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1Cebu Expo 2023

1Cebu Expo 2023 puts on the spotlight on the many things that make Cebu ever so vibrant, which include its talents roster of fashion designers. One of the featured designers in the expo is Ia Coca. On display is one of his recent works, a printed gown that pays homage to Adeste Deguimo’s “Builder’s Land” artwork and “visual cues from precolonial Visayans.” 1Cebu Expo 2023 runs until Agu. 20 at  SM Seaside City Cebu.

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