University of the Philippines-Diliman BS Clothing Technology Batch 2012 showed the public their design prowess in a graduation show at Bramante Piazza Ballroom, Renaissance Tower, Ortigas, last Oct. 15.
Twelve graduates showcased their inspired collection, with hopes of being at par with the UP Clothing Technology’s successful fashion alumni, like Jojie Lloren, June Pugat and Ava Paguyo.
Student graduate Glorese Latosa’s design was inspired by Rococo art, while Yvette Velasco looked to the biological process of “Metamorphosis” as her theme. Paige Occenola’s collection balanced masculine and feminine. Light and feminine pieces were rendered in dark undertones and with masculine touches. It was ladylike with an edge.
Dreams inspired Rachel Mauricio’s collection. It consists of imaginative prints, almost like kids’ play. Charm Delmo also had the same playful idea, inspired by childhood memories of the merry-go-round. Olivia Maningat’s collection was all grown up, embracing femininity and women’s curves.
Among other highlights were Portia Ladrido’s “Oppulent Hippie,” which showcased electric pleated maxi skirts and midriffs. Kim Agnes used cheerful pastels, as well as drape and sheer fabrics. Jelome Cailao’s looks were inspired by smoke, braided hair and jellyfish tentacles, resulting in dresses that were soft and fluid.
Raphaela Pineda had ballerinas and soldiers in mind, and Rowhe Rodriguez harked to Greece for inspiration for the wedding gowns.
“I think their strongest point is their taste,” said design professor Alice Sarmiento, when asked on the strengths of the graduating batch.
“Each one is very distinctive, each one has a very strong personality, and they all have that clarity of vision needed to develop a coherent collection,” she adds.
According to Ishi Orendain, design professor of the graduating batch, the student designers are still discovering themselves through fashion, and through the fashion show they can express themselves.
“That journey of finding themselves that is fascinating to watch,” she says.