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Puey holds a fashion competition at Bilibid.
Prison Break Puey holds a fashion competition at Bilibid.

Proving that fashion exists everywhere and anywhere, Puey Quiñones staged a fashion show and competition at one of the most unlikely places-the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.


The out-of-the-box event was held in celebration of National Correctional Consciousness Week and was the culminating episode for the Fashion Creativity Class Puey teaches at the facility.


The newly fashion-savvy inmates were grouped into five and created pieces focused on the theme "Fashion, Fusion and Future". Amidst steel bars, über-tight security, and a curious crowd, seven flamboyant dresses floated down the runway. The inmates' creations were bold, playful, and fun-definitely no garish orange jumpsuits or black-and-white stripes here.


The entries to the competition were judged by no less than fashion show director Robbie Carmona, Travel Life magazine editor Liza Ilarde-Cuenca, and designer Lulu Tan-Gan. Prizes were as follows:


3rd prize: P2000 and a gift set from Aficionado

2nd prize: P3000, a gift set from Aficionado, and creative supplies

1st prize: P5000, Puey Quiñones eye wear, and Aficionado fragrances


In a delightfully heartwarming turn of events, Aficionado's Joel Cruz tripled the cash prizes, which were then doubled by an anonymous supporter, on the spot.


Puey's turn


The night didn't end here; next up was Puey's collection for the Bureau of Corrections. Besides featuring a few pieces from his previous January gala, Puey unveiled new hand painted beauties, inspired by both Jackson Pollock and BenCab's famous Sabel collection. Asked about his clear focus on draping, “I was feeling very Madame Grés” he quipped.


Click here to see Puey's collection for the Bureau of Corrections.


Our hats off to Puey and the Bilibid inmates for this fashion first. Indeed, venue and circumstance are inconsequential; fashion reigns supreme.


Click on to see the inmates' designs and find out who bagged first, second and third places.


-Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant

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