Her bedsheet-inspired Slaves of Slumber collection at the 2016 UP Clothing Technology graduation show last January stood out for its aesthetic and innovation. Twenty-year-old Paola hopes that her work can be a vehicle toward change.“The fashion industry is in dire need of change. But I did indeed fall for it and all its wasteful ways, and that’s exactly why I want to stay,” she reflects. “Someday, I would like to take part in its reformation.”
“I tried to imagine the future in general. A crowded city made of concrete but hollow at the core; unstable at its foundations. We keep on building more infrastructure, higher buildings, giving an illusion of progress. But is this true progress? I tried to interpret that through my shapes and fabrics. I hope for a future of sustainability for the industry, so I decided to use recycled or unconventional materials as much as possible: an old blanket I dyed for the pants and excess polycotton fabric from my grad show that I dyed for the top. For the coat, I found a double-sided fabric with an interesting weave.”
Read more about Paola in our May issue here.
Photographed by Jack Alindahao