Designing since the 1950s, Ben Farrales has been considered to be an institution in the fashion industry. Fondly called, Mang Ben, the couturier is responsible for popularizing native styles like the barong dress and is known for weaving indigenous designs into mainstream fashion.
For the Spring/Summer 2014 finale, a sampling of his previous collections were brought into the spotlight. Modeled by industry favorites like Sarah Meier, Charo Ronquillo, Chat Almarvez, Patty Betita, and Marina Benipayo, his works displayed intricate detailing and modern wearability.
Crafted years ago, the ensemble still rings true to today's aesthetic.
Muslim-inspired pieces dazzled the audience with stunning colors and prints.
A show-stopping gown showcased intricate beading and delicate lace.
By the end of the show, the designer was given a standing ovation, the room broke out with applause and we spotted a few tears being shed. Truly, the retrospective was evidence of innnovation and design sensibilities, something only the Dean of Fashion could possess.
Click here to see Ben Farrales: A Retrospective.