Filipino designers take on ‘beauty in modesty’ at Islamic fashion show

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By Alexander Villafania

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA – Three Filipino designers showcased their creations alongside Malaysian counterparts in the recent Islamic Fashion Festival.

Held in Makati City last February 24, the fashion show made use of a number of techniques to highlight modernity while remaining ingrained to Islamic roots.

Among the Filipino artists were JC Buendia, who created President Benigno Aquino III’s barong; Veejay Floresca whose fame was launched by Project Runway Philippines; and evening wear designer Jun Escario.

Much of their designs were inspired by the festival’s central theme of “Beauty in Modesty,” which is in itself both a challenge to the designer’s creative abilities.

Buendia’s designs were made for the corporate “power dresser” with minimal, straight-cut lines, and two-tone colors.

Meanwhile, Floresca’s designs followed a theme of “mixed media” that followed a more summer-y look. All of his pieces used traditional Islamic designs reminiscent of ancient weaves.

The mix of well-crafted hijab and round sunglasses for the women’s wear completed Floresca’s outfits.

Evening wear was Escario’s main love with long, flowing fabrics and contrasting shades of beige and black. His menswear designs, meanwhile, were of particular note as these tunics exuded princely impressions.

The Islamic Fashion Festival was founded by Malaysian Dato’ Raja Rezza Shah, who conceptualized the event as a way to promote Islamic creativity.

But more than for the sake of fashion, the event also highlights Islamic moderation and to bridge their culture with the rest of the world.

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