If you haven’t seen Nadine Lustre’s visual album Wildest Dreams, may we suggest that you stream it ASAP. The reel is an inspiring vision from the singer and actress, and is also quite the fashion spectacle in terms of costume design. Styled by Lyn Alumno, the album features a myriad of looks from Filipino designers, championing Philippine fashion all throughout.
One look people have definitely been talking about is Nadine’s ethereal diwata costume for her track Ivory with James Reid. The music video tells the story of a diwata or fairy who was scorned by the village people she gave all her love to. The look is also a key visual for the teaser trailers and we can see why. This must be our favorite look from the album, because of the intricate beadwork and saint-like hair and beauty look the morena sports.
In an interview with Preview, designer Jude Macasinag (the same designer behind Miss Universe Philippines candidate Alaiza Malinao's "liquid gold" evening gown) revealed that it took almost 2000 hours to make! “The Sunburst top was made in a thick neoprene covered with natural abaca, lined in red duchesse satin. It’s embellished with glass beads, gold ribbons and thread, abaca rope, freshwater pearls from Palawan, 5-centavo coins, a brass pendant handcasted by the T’bolis in Mindanao, and real Chinese green jade. Everything was painstakingly done by hand (even the weaving of the Abaca textile used in the garment!)” the designer shares.
Though Nadine’s stylist originally wanted to commission Jude for an original piece, the designer is currently studying in Paris and the logistics were simply too much of a hurdle. Instead, he offered this top that he made for his mother’s wedding look back in 2016. “The Sunburst embellished top was actually the first garment I made myself. It’s part of an ensemble—a gown that I did for my mother on the celebration of her and my father’s 20th wedding anniversary,” Jude tells Preview.
“I appropriated the central motif from National Artist Napoleon Abueva’s 'Sunburst' sculpture seen on the ceiling of The Peninsula Manila. I realized later on that the motif was relevant to my surname Macasinag, which if roughly interpreted meant ‘to shine (like the sun’s rays)’. The sunburst as a symbol stuck with me then, and became part of my own identity and work as a creative. In Nadine’s 'Wildest Dreams,' I interpret her wearing it as an embodiment of a heavenly being, a total divinity.”
See the look in action in the music video below: