The fashion community mourns the loss of one of its beloved designers, Arnold Galang, who passed away earlier today, April 30, 2020, at 12 a.m.
Arnold Galang was one of the country’s esteemed designers. His clientele spanned everyone including celebrities, society swans, fashion editors, and brides-to-be who all flocked to Arnold for his simple yet sublime sensibilities. He was one of those designers who not only had the eye for style, but the technical skills to execute his vision. Aside from his bespoke work, Arnold was also an RTW designer for a number of in-house brands under SM.
When it came to eveningwear, Arnold embraced femininity. His creations featured classic, body-hugging silhouettes made modern with unexpected details like an exaggerated serpentina train, a scattering of appliques, or perhaps a generous amount of tulle. Sequins and floral motifs were also right up his alley, but they were rendered with restraint to exude timeless elegance.
This saccharine classicism often took a backseat—if not amplified—when it came to his ready-to-wear shows revealed during Philippine Fashion Week, which explored modern shapes and the stylings of current trends.
Here are five of his most memorable shows:
1. Spring/Summer 2015
More than the aesthetic appeal of his designs was the symbolism that inspired it in the first place. Arnold was known for using his clothes as a platform to communicate his advocacy of peace as well as his opinions on certain issues. He was an ambassador of the "I Am For Peace" campaign that was created in 2012 to rally more negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
His Spring/Summer 2015 collection was dedicated to the Peace Commission. It was inspired by the traditional baro't saya, updated with colorful prints.
2. Spring/Summer 2017
His Spring/Summer 2017 collection focused on relaxed silhouettes, plisse fabric, and angular hemlines—a lineup of easygoing pieces that any woman can slip into on lazy casual days.
3. Spring/Summer 2019
This collection was a message of love and hope in light of the Marawi crisis. Models walked down the runway in jewel-toned hues, sunny prints, and butterfly-shaped jackets.
4. Holiday 2019
His Holiday 2019 collection, titled “Stained,” represented society’s ambiguities, which he translated in contrasts of black and white prints, as well as a mix of constrained bodices and freeing a-line skirts.
5. Spring/Summer 2020
This collection married masculine suiting with the softness of Victorian dresses. The show surprisingly ended with bright florals for a bang—proof that Arnold could play around with various elements in a cohesive way. His RTW creations truly provided women with eclectic clothes that were as wearable as they were chic.
Arnold Galang not only dressed society but used clothes to rally peace and positivity within society itself. It is his heart for the Filipino that will always be remembered.