5 young Ilonggo designers to be featured in 14th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair

The 14th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair in Iloilo will introduce new breed of young designers. 

A group of young designers, all of whom are studying Fashion Design at ISAT-University main campus will present their mini-collections for the 14th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair on November 1, 2021 at 6:00 P.M., Southpoint of SM City Iloilo.

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The featured student designers emerged the top in their thesis presentation and will share their design concept hoping to contribute to the industry with their own sustainable ways.

  • VINZ ESTARES, 21 of Igbaras will showcase hablon in hues of violet, lavender and lilac for his Salabay (jellyfish)-inspired collection.
  • JUDE PLAMA, 21 of Passi City will incorporate hablon for his inspiration, Pintados de Passi in colors of magenta, apple green, black and nude.
  • PHILMARK INVENTOR, 21 of Sara will juxtapose hablon with denim for his Sinulid (thread)-inspired ensembles.
  • CLARISSE LINDY GONZALES, 22 of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras will pay homage to the beautiful islands of her province in hablon of red, orange, yellow, gold, and nude palettes.
  • DANDY DURANA, 22 of Pilar, Capiz will showcase his hablon pieces inspired by the newspaper in colors of beige, black and red.

Over the years, the role of the annual Indigneous Fiber Fashion Fair has evolved alongside with the ISAT-University’s Bachelor course in Fashion Design and Merchandising. For years, the show proved successful at discovering talent. It has become a launching pad for up-and-coming designers with the ambition to launch their own designs. Young designers such as Jeff Ticao, Daryl Amar, Ysther Grejaldo, John Larlar, Peter Gagula, Kevin Hiballes, Fritz Von Pamplona, Elon Deldago, Jo Nino Damasaco, Edward Sales, Reuvien Palmes, Ana Canonaso,, Matt Yeu and Vince Estares that have succeeded in sharing their own vision and making a name for themselves in Iloilo.

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The show is also an opportunity for them to meet and receive valuable advice from senior and more-established local designers who are invited annually to showcase their collections each year.  Among them are regularly featured such as Jun-g Candelario, Sidney Eculla, John Montinola, Ian Jorda, Paul Conte, Binky Pitogo, and Alfie-Jolo Desamparado.

Hand-loom weaving is popular home-based tradition in the towns of Miagao, Oton, Duenas, Badiangan, Igbaras and Tigbauan. It has graduated into a firm level production and Iloilo is known for it.


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