Author: Tippi

Art Re-fashioned

©Wawi Navarroza, Pastorale (Island Girl Scenic Picnic/Unreal Estates Nº1), 2009, 30×45 inches. Courtesy of the artist & Silverlens Gallery.  photograph /archival Lambda Durst print. Art imitating life…imitating art.  The thing I have always loved about art is how it is reflective of the moment in which it was created.  Art should be alive and evolving, like language.  And like fashion, it should be current and relevant to the times.  Love it or hate it, art takes us on a journey, and unlike people who view art as an investment or a passkey into polite society, I see art as...

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Fashion + Design + Art + Travel

While Ito loves music and photography, and I love art and fashion, travel is the one big passion that we both share.  Since we travel for fun and not for work, our trips are usually DIY affairs which we put together and plan ourselves, and when we love mixing together all the different things we enjoy. Here are some of our favorite, and fairly recent, Fashion + Design + Art + Travel moments… Charcoal coats and art (plus Ito) in the Petit Palais in Paris… Graphic florals and art (plus me) in the National Art Center in Tokyo… Extravagantly textured...

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How do I Love the Barong?

Growing up, the Barong Tagalog was something I associated with what Filipino men wore on formal occasions, like attending graduations and weddings–or maybe even to the office, if one worked in a law firm or in government.  Beyond that I never really saw the barong worn much.  But there was always something I found so beautiful about it, with its delicate callado embroidery and sheer natural piña fiber.  Over the years I’ve incorporated the Barong Tagalog in a number of my designs, and have often worn a redesigned barong on a number of occasions with my favorite well-worn jeans.So how do I love the Barong?  Let me count the ways… An original Barong Tagalog (image from Filipino costumes) A Barong Tagalog-inspired flapper dress with silk chiffon fringe A Barong Tagalog and jersey gown with plunging v-neckline A Barong Tagalog-inspired silk chiffon gown with halter neckline A Barong Tagalog meets Baro’t Saya bridal gown Wearing my Lolo’s barong with a lace skirt & woven cummerbund I designed (Marie-Claire shoot ‘outtake’, make-up Barbi Chan, photographer Pat Dy) Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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Not By the Book: “Gate” dress

A look at the journey from inspiration to fashion runway… This “gate” cocktail dress with keyhole detail was inspired by the architectural details found in Philippine colonial ancestral homes…From inspiration (photo from…   …to exhibit piece…   …to the fashion runway!   “Not by the Book” is currently available in all Powerbooks outlets, select National Bookstores branches & all Best Sellers bookstores. It is now also available in Fully-Booked Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Edsa, Greenhills, Eastwood, Trinoma & MOA. You may also order the book on-line.  For orders please email  (free delivery via 2GO within the Philippines). Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this...

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The Girl on a Comma

It’s a lazy Sunday on this rainy, long weekend and I’ve been stuck at home because of the downpour.  Sometimes when I’m stuck designing, I write. And when I’m stuck writing, I design. I read this in my first (and only!) participation in a poetry-reading session, organized by my friend Jules many, many, many moons ago. I haven’t really had time to write poetry recently, but I thought I’d share this poem since it still seems relevant now when so many changes are happening around us and we feel uncertain as to how to move forward… ——— The Girl On a Comma She sat on a comma She sat in a pause She sat in that space Between an effect and its cause She sat there hanging Like an unfinished thought No verbs to move her Towards what she sought She sat and she waited For words to spell out Her yesterday, her tomorrow What she was about She watched and she waited As characters came Into her life Where they would lay claim She shifted and backspaced For other’s pleasure Even shrinking in size To fit her imagined measure She never considered To shape her own text Creating and molding What she wanted to come next She sat and did nothing To capitalize herself Never being bold enough to write her life Down from the shelf -Tippi Ocampo...

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Gallery of Past Work


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