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These SoFA Graduates Prove That the Philippine Fashion's Future Is Bright

In our books, they all deserve an A.
These SoFA Graduates Prove That the Philippine Fashion's Future Is Bright
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In our books, they all deserve an A.

“The overall theme of this year’s SoFA Graduation Show is ‘telling your story in the most creative way you can’—from something intangible inside of you and making it to something that is tangible. We want students to get inspiration within,” "explains Gabbie Sarenas, designer and one of the instructors for this year’s SoFA Design Institute graduating batch.

It was definitely a treat to guess and interpret what inner motivations stirred the creativity out of this year’s 22 graduating students, as they presented their six-piece collections at this year’s festival. Was it Juan Paolo’s desire to revive vintage alta moda that inspired his unconventional Filipiniana pieces? Was it Phuong Do’s restricted inhibitions breaking free through the technicolor blooms that sprouted out of her white canvasses? What secrets did Candice Arboleda keep hidden in her lineup of cocoon ballgowns? Does Fred Telarma’s red riding hoods express desire, anger, or a bloody rebellion from rules?

As these fashion aspirants leave the school setting and venture out into the brave new world of digital media, internet-bred design trends, and a more democratic fashion zeitgeist, their design motivations may take new, dramatic turns. But here’s hoping that they never forget what they learned in school: fashion may be an ever-evolving business, but nothing will ever stand up to a pure mastery of the craft.

View all the collections below:

April Toledo

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Candice Arboleda

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Carmina Bautista

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Chris Nick/Chris Delos Reyes

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Dominique Dy

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Esumsa

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Farah Zavala

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Fred Telarma

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G. Gambaloza

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Ian Mercado

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Jekka Sison

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Jeremy Tan

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Jhaira Gonzales

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Juan Paolo/JP Francisco

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Katrina Doloricon

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Marvie Barillo

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Pamela Escalanda

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Phuong Do

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Raine Eugenio

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Josefina Sedayao

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Shark Tanael

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Shelvan Bollozos

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Trixie Platon

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Tyfanie Domingo

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