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This Local Designer Wants You to Wear Philippine History

Edgar Buyan give us a history lesson in style.
This Local Designer Wants You to Wear Philippine History
IMAGE Karlo Torio
Edgar Buyan give us a history lesson in style.

It's not an Edgar Buyan piece if it doesn't have a young vibe and a dose of color. However, what sets the designer's fashion philosophy apart from the rest would be his constant references to Philippine culture and history. The designer says regarding his pieces, "There's a sense of patriotism and culture." In fact, for his PMFF 2018 collection, he found inspiration by researching online for historical Philippine fashions. "I was amused with their look that [I] literally made their looks as my fabric patterns...then I figured to make pastel as my main color palette. I [then] mixed embroideries and patchworks."

PHOTO BY Karlo Torio
PHOTO BY Karlo Torio

The resulting collection? One reminiscent of dandy fashion (i.e. dandyism) which began in the 18th century and was usually associated with eccentric men. Dandies paid particular attention to their physical appearance and style. The typical look back then would be a hodgepodge of Western pieces in colorful prints and patterns—and that’s exactly the vibe imbibed in this collection, only with modern updates.

Take for example, this ridiculously chic ensemble: a lilac button-down with a rounded collar (a modern touch) is worn under a slightly oversized printed a-line dress that has a tinge of the '60s. Let’s not forget the mod earrings and pointed heels, paired with a typical top hat of yesteryear’s Filipino dandy. It’s a fabulous feminine interpretation of dandyism!

PHOTO BY Karlo Torio

As for the rest of the pieces, the male outfits were seen donning typical dandy garb—striped pants were matched with printed coats whose pattern featured historical images, plus the non-negotiable hat. For the women, outfits utilized a variety of outerwear in structured shapes or flowy capes.

PHOTO BY Karlo Torio
PHOTO BY Karlo Torio

Edgar Abuyan’s collection is a crazy, beautiful clash of colors and patterns that evoke the sartorial flair of the past, but at the heart of it all lies the rich history and culture of the Philippines. "My inspirations are varied but it boils down to culture, heritage, people, and history..."

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PHOTO BY Karlo Torio
PHOTO BY Karlo Torio
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