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Weaving The Future: A Social Design Competition

A new contest incorporates social relevance in the search for emerging design talents.
Weaving The Future: A Social Design Competition A new contest incorporates social relevance in the search for emerging design talents.

 The Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has a new project on its hands. Weaving the Future: A Social Design Competition is an offshoot of the Philippine Fashion Design Competition that FDCP has produced since 1998 to mentor emerging talents for international design competitions.

This latest edition of the national design contest seeks to connect talent and social relevance with the aim of benefitting various communities in the Philippines, aside from discovering and grooming upcoming designers.

“This competition aims to provide sustainable livelihood for regional communities through design and development of products made from indigenous weaves, materials and crafts,” shares FDCP president JC Buendia. “We wish to raise awareness on the various rich indigenous materials that the Philippines can offer, placing the country on the fashion map all over the world.”

Aspiring applicants are required to conceptualize a collection of apparel and accessories (fashion and home décor) using only 100% organic materials. Selected communities specializing in the crafts or manufacture of the indigenous weaves and materials will execute the designs. This symbiosis between the emerging talents and communities is intended to be a sustainable partnership that can further the growth of regional economies even beyond the competition.

Joining the FDCP members are celebrity ambassadors Kris Aquino, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Mons Romulo, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales, Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Dingdong Dantes.

The FDCP counts as its current members Edwin Ao, Ivarluski Aseron, PJ Aranador, Avel Bacudio, Vittorio Barba, JC Buendia, Joey Enriquez, Ramon Esteban, Arcy Gayatin, Len Nepomuceno, Oj Hofer, Gerry Katigbak, Rajo Laurel, Jojie Lloren, Anthony Nocom, Tippi Ocampo, Dong Omaga-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Frederick Peralta, Joey Samson, Hindy Weber-Tantoco, Jerome Ang, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Joel Escober, Gerry Sunga, and Cary Santiago, and their Advisory Board Members Lulu Tan Gan, Josie Natori and Cesar Gaupo.

Interested applicants may send their complete and filled-out PFDC Application Form with a scanned copy of all required materials to weavingthefuture@gmail.com on or before August 1, 2011.

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Application Forms and Guidelines are available at www.pldtwatchpad.com and may be requested through mobile number +639496885230.

Click on the photo gallery to see a sample of FDCP designs crafted from indigenous materials.

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