Slim’s Fashion and Arts School students took inspiration from their childhood for this year's student work exhibit. With the theme Laro, they were encouraged to turn their childhood toys, games, and memories into bold and colorful garments. While the designs are supposedly playful, the craftsmanship of the pieces are complex, expertly demonstrating the technical skills they have learned in school.
The exhibition of students’ selected work are installed at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, featuring oversized watch heads and whimsical sculptures accessorizing the clothes. Their exhibit is open to the public and will run from September 27 to October 3 during mall hours.
See all their work below.
Dinnes created a terno inspired by the popular street game Chinese garter. The young designer used handmade jersey pipings draped to form the garment and finished the look with Swatch’s multi-colored digits on the Fountain of Colors watch head.
Meanwhile, the second piece was inspired by Sipa. Dinnes fashioned a gown with a cape embellished with gold buttons and feathers.
Yvonne's hand-dyed barong takes after the Japanese boardgame tsuro.
Paloma repurposed denim pants and juxtaposed the fabric to create contrast in an organza gown. This combination is supposed to depict Cinderella’s transformation from rags to riches.
Marvien merged the terno with a man's suit, its sleeves echoing tubular kites.
Miel showcased a 3D interpretation of a kaleidoscope’s prism on this indigo barong.
Marilen made a barong with a Dragon Boat race motif, featuring embroidered appliqués and carved wooden paddles.
Damaris' theme was centered on Chinese kites, featuring hand-painted details in a Ming porcelain color palette.
Moon Lei's piece is a jigsaw puzzle-inspired outfit with a hand-painted portrait and handcrafted dragonfly appliqués.
Agie's dress was inspired by the origami game Fortune Teller. Each panel was hand-painted with faces of shifting emotions.
Vanessa's piece is Roy Lichtenstein art turned into clothing. She used a custom-printed fabric to create a terno pantsuit inspired by comic books.
Peachy's garment is a three-piece ensemble inspired by the versatility and bold colors of Lego blocks.
Jochebed created a two-dimensional terno inspired by paper dolls.
Courtney Liongson and Marigrace S. Joyce
Courtney tailored a jumpsuit (Left) with an exaggerated peplum appliquéd with symbols from playing cards, while Marigrace created a playing card-inspired terno (Right) with references to Alice in Wonderland.
Caress fashioned a clean-cut silhouette inspired by the Queen of Diamonds, and paired it with the Telefon Maison glow-in-the-dark watch head from Swatch.
Megan combined embroidered and appliquéd elements on a short dress to resemble a pinball machine.
Banjo's color-blocked spiral shift dress takes after a paper pinwheel.
Eliza Jane Miranda
Eliza's asymmetric cocktail dress was inspired by a slinky, a multi-colored childhood toy that resembles a spring.
Abdul's barong features drapings and pleats to replicate the colors inside marble. The garment's colors complement Swatch's Fountain of Colors watch head.
Claire Arguelles Francisco
Claire plays on the retro years by making an ensemble inspired by the '80s arcade game Pacman, which features a seamless vinyl cape.
Nicole Gravador Pineda
Nicole also used Pacman as her inspiration; she modernized the traditional barong with street style elements by using different colors and textures.
Isobel turned to jigsaw puzzles to make her pastel-hued evening gown. The outfit is accessorized with a colorful psychedelic watch head from Swatch.
Camille tailored a barong with hand-painted appliqués inspired by sabong (cockfighting).
Jomar Saldo, Abby Capio, and Erica Jimenez
Jomar employed the shibori technique to create 3D bubbles for his dress. Next to the ivory dress, Abby created a Gundam robot-inspired outfit made with neoprene and handmade piping. Meanwhile, Erica created a structured dress with iridescent layers that emulate the armor of the salagubang beetle.
Here's a closer look at their work:
Ivy David Reyes and Joey Almonte
Ivy used colorblocked kites with ribboned tails as a playful embellishment on her dress, while Joey created a cocktail dress with panels and a folded bodice that resembles paper airplanes.
Eula's cocktail dress is crafted with reinforced organza ruffs and was inspired by the local nursery rhyme Bubuka ang Bulaklak.
Ariane sketched a garment inspired by kites.
Dastyn Nicole de Jesus
Dastyn's sketch, on the other hand, was inspired by board games.
Je was inspired by folding paper balls and Swatch’s color palette for its new collection.
Jen draws a garment inspired by galaxy games, aliens and Swatch’s Telefon Maison watch.
Jocel Anne Lafuente
Jocel took inspo from the game of checkers.
Mickey drew inspiration from a merry-go-round for this fashion illustration.
Pau's look took after the game hopscotch.