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Philippines Hobol Ilonggo Fashion Festival celebrates the country’s rich history

June 21, 2017 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

The Philippine Embassy in Canberra, the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, and the Philippine Department of Tourism, in cooperation with Philippine Airlines as the official airline carrier and major sponsor, are pleased to launch the Philippines Hobol Ilonggo Fashion Festival. As part of the festival, an exclusive fashion event took place yesterday, Monday 19th June at the Park Hyatt in Canberra, whilst another is set to take place this weekend, on Saturday, 24th June at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.  This fashion festival will showcase five of the Philippine’s top contemporary designers, international models, and the country’s rich history in textile design and production, with demonstrations of traditional hand-weaving looms.

The Sydney fashion show is free to the public and also marks the opening of the first ever exhibition of the *Bayanihan Philippine Art Project ‘Passion and procession: art of the Philippines’ on display at the Art Gallery of NSW at the Upper Asian gallery from 24th June until 12thNovember 2017.

Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand, said,

“The Philippines is rich in culture, artistic expertise and has a strong history of producing textiles.  For anyone with an interest in fashion, design, textiles or the Philippines, these events will appeal to you.  Join us for the fun and colour of these fashion parades, which brings together contemporary fashion design from the Philippines and traditional Filipino hand-loomed textiles, including piña, jusi, patadyong, polyabaca, abaca and hablon.”

“The Philippines Habol Ilonggo Fashion Festival offers Australians the opportunity to enjoy a collection of beautiful pieces by some of our top designers.  These fashion events also coincide with our celebrations of the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Declaration of Independence, therefore it is a particularly exciting time for us.”

The Fashion Festival celebrates Filipino fashion designers and has a strong focus on hablon, a traditional textile produced in the Philippines.  The designers will showcase 64 hand loomed pieces as part of their collections: evening resort wear; the jetset traveller; evening red carpet gowns; and wedding gowns.

Hablon is a Hiligayon word for the weaving process, but it is now commonly identified as a textile.  Iloilo was known as the textile Capital of the Philippines in the 18th century and hand-loomed textiles were the top export.  Local weavers provided the world with world-class hand-woven Piña (pineapple fibre), Sinamay (pineapple and silk fibre) and Jusi (banana fibre) textiles.

Habol Ilonggo fashion designers:

  • PJ Aranador is an international designer whose career spans 30 years. The collection he is showcasing at the festival is a tropical resort wear titled “Ylo-Ylo”.  The outfits combine traditional techniques and processes with modern textiles.  The vibrant colours reflect the many islands of the Philippines and include accessories such as footwear, bags and jewellery.
  • John Montinola is a successful local designer for both fashion and furnishings. His collection Gertrude is named after his late grandmother and was inspired by her flamboyant yet classical sense of style, with a touch of whimsy.  His designs feature classic and modern shapes with couture techniques such as pleating embroidery and lace appliques.
  • Sidney Eculla is a self-trained designer whose interest in fashion began as a teenager.  The collection aims to break stereotypes of using local fabrics to create red carpet gowns.  He was inspired by the opulent days of Iloilo with the grand mansions and intricate details.
  • Jun-G Candelario’s is a designer known for his classic designs with Victorian and bohemian touches.  His collection showcases a range of wedding gowns with beautiful lines and intricate details.  The pieces combine modern shapes with the traditional weaving process.

*The *Bayanihan Philippine Art Project ‘Passion and procession: art of the Philippines’:

From the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods to the vibrant art of today, this exhibition brings masterpieces from the National Museum of the Philippines to Australia for the first time.  This exhibition is part of the Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, a collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, Blacktown Arts Centre, Mosman Art Gallery, Peacock Gallery (Auburn) and Campbelltown Arts Centre in association with Museums & Galleries of NSW, to celebrate the art and culture of the Philippines through a series of exhibitions, performances, creative writing and community programs across multiple venues.

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