Weaving the Future: A Social Design Competition had its culmination last Tuesday, November 22 in the PAGCOR Grand Theatre, where the 19 finalists—9 accessory designers and 10 apparel designers—presented their 100% organic pieces executed in collaboration with members of the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and their partner communities of local weavers and artisans.
Weaving the Future aims to fuse talent and social relevance with the goal of benefitting various communities in the country, aside from discovering and mentoring emerging designers. FDCP envisions the intitiative as an annual endeavor that will promote a sustainable partnership between upcoming designers and the local artisan communites.
Adante Leyesa was awarded as the competition's Best Accessory Designer (we first saw his intricate, attention-grabbing designs in Solenn Heussaff for TAN-GAN's Bastille Day collection), while Roland Alzate took home the Best Apparel Designer award (the emerging designer presented a collection in Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012). Both young talents were teary-eyed when their names were announced as the winners of the competition.
Adante and Roland both won P200,000 from PAGCOR, a 2-year scholarship from School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA), a 1-year mentorship from FDCP, and gifts from Samsung, Technomarine, and PLDT. Their products will also be mass-produced in Atelyer, the first fashion house located in the Center of Social Innovations in GK Bulacan, which seeks to bring together the best Filipino fashion designers and the Gawad Kalinga communities to produce world-class Philippine-made garments and accessories.
Other winners of the night include Marian Andrada, who was the Smart Choice for apparel designer, and Mark Tamayo for the Technomarine Award for Excellence in Design.
Click on the following links to view the collections presented during Weaving the Future: