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A Dutch-Filipino Fashion Show Caps Off Manila Fashion Fest Now

The best kind of culture clash.
A Dutch-Filipino Fashion Show Caps Off Manila Fashion Fest Now
IMAGE Gerard Dungo
The best kind of culture clash.

To mark 65 years of diplomatic relations and 150 years of consular ties between the Philippines and the Netherlands, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands held a grand fashion event yesterday, October 27, at the New World Hotel Makati, showcasing the collaborative work of Dutch and Filipino designers.

IMAGE Gerard Dungo

As part of the program, the Dutch participants Zena Ankersmit, Britta Bentele, and Loes van Nijnatten flew to the Philippines in April to attend design workshops, visit embroidery centers in Lumban, Quezon, and Tagaytay, and handpick fabrics in Divisoria. In July, Filipino participants Nina Gatan, Damaris Chua, and Riza Bulawan visited the Netherlands to immerse themselves in Dutch fashion and witness one of Europe’s most prestigious fashion events, Amsterdam Fashion Week.

IMAGE Gerard Dungo

The show, which closed the Spring-Summer 2017 leg of Art Personas' Manila Fashion Festivalfeatured an 18-piece collection of combined Dutch and Filipino artistry created by the six young designers.

“This collaboration between the talented fashion designers from the Philippines and the Netherlands provides an amazing opportunity to pave the way for sustainable fashion to be weaved into the future of design," shares Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines, Marion Derckx.

Inspired by this EurAsian fusion? Stay tuned for more news on the outcome of this brilliant culture clash.

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