The Designer Circle Philippines (DCP) has highlighted our identity as Filipinos by showcasing the Filipino “Terno” during the launching of the Luzviminda: A Contemporary Filipiniana Exhibit at The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay.
Luzviminda features “tapestries that bind our independence” through a glamorous and creative display of gowns which are made from traditional fabrics and indigenous patterns that depict history and culture from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Also, these awesome creations were worn by several beauty pageant contestants, models and celebrities in the past.
The Contemporary Filipiniana Exhibit was launched last July 13, 2019 and is open to everyone up until August 13, 2019. Aside from this, another highlight of the month-long exhibit, a fashion show of Cordilleran gowns, will happen on August 9. This will be led by members of the DCP and will be held at the same venue.
Due to the rapid change and growing influence in the fashion industry, Filipino designers are taking their designs to the next level. They are modernizing traditional Filipino garments by using local textiles and accessories. And because of this bold move, a lot of them s are now being recognized and given opportunities both locally and internationally.
In the press conference, Francis Calaquian, Chairman of Designer Circle Philippines, said that teaching young designers about the proper way of sewing and cutting the terno will help to preserve the authentic Filipiniana garments.
DCP’s Treasurer and designer Edwin Uy said that in order to avoid offending communities, particularly those with thriving ritual cultures, they have set rules against cultural appropriation. In line with this, designers are advised to use woven fabric samples or incorporate design patterns of indigenous Filipinos.
As an organization in the fashion industry, DCP aims to promote the diverse and rich culture of our country, especially the traditional fabric materials that can be used to compete in the world market.