Nadine Lustre’s 30-minute visual album Wildest Dreams is a feast for the eyes in every sense of the word. With a cohesive message through and through, in terms of the music and overall creative direction, the fashion in the album is also something worth discussing. Tapping up-and-coming Filipino designers to create statement pieces with a distinctly local flair, Nadine’s two ternos for her song Grey Skies stood out because of the contrast they presented on screen. Her red frock is specifically interesting, because upon closer inspection, we noticed that the print is actually inspired by Juan Luna’s Spoliarium!
“The inspiration to make the terno is the same as the great Juan Luna envisioned it. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also conveys a strong message of freedom and the virtue of never kowtowing to tyranny,” designer Job Dacon tells Preview, “Although the painting was made centuries ago, the message is still felt to this day.”
Job shares that the dress took about a month to make and it was a process with a lot of trial and error. He explains, “We've manipulated the iconic painting to match the terno's profile [as we] digitally and literally placed the fabric on a big-ass printer.”
Juxtaposed against Job’s terno is Kelvin Morales’ quilted bolero-like creation. The scene in the music video shows two versions of the singer: one in white with a visible sense of naivety and the other one is the Spoliarium-wearing performer on stage with a more glammed up look. Interpret the scene as you may, but the fashion undeniably helped create this visible dissonance between the two Nadines and what they represent.
Kelvin’s quilted terno was from his Primal Scream collection and is originally paired with sculptural pants over a matching bodysuit. Though in the music video, Nadine wears the bolero alone, exposing her décolletage. “The process of making the terno took around 40 hours from the design process to the actual piece. It's made with textured cotton and in between the lining and main fabric is a flat foam to create a quilted effect that gives off the structured silhouettes. Each part of it is collapsible and woven with white yarn,” Kelvin shares.
Watch the full music video here: