Fashion, like language, needs to evolve in order to stay alive and relevant. The Fashion & Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) redesigned the Barong Tagalog & Baro’t Saya for use in more modern, contemporary times in the Manilawear segment of its recently concluded PFDC “Weaving The Future” social design competition. Paired with BENCH jeans, the redesigned Barong/ Baro’t Saya made from local weaves stepped off its ‘costume’ pedestal and stepped into more current, everyday Manilawear fashion. It also took a step towards bridging our past, and bringing it decidedly into our present.
*Photos by Nelson Villarica