Photo: Igor Zaitcev
Mayeth Sigue Codoy
The inspiration of the collection called “Filipiniana” comes from traditional clothes in the Philippines. Both old and modern inspired.
The María Clara gown, sometimes referred to as Filipiniana dress, is a traditional dress worn by women in the Philippines. It is an aristocratic version of the baro’t saya. It takes its name from María Clara, the mestiza protagonist of the novel Noli Me Tangere, penned in 1887 by Filipino nationalist José Rizal. It is traditionally made out of piña, the same material used for the barong tagalog.
A unified gown version of the dress with butterfly sleeves popularized in the first half of the 20th century by
Philippine National Artist Ramon Valera is known as the terno,which also has a shorter casual and cocktail dress version known as the balintawak.The masculine equivalent of baro’t saya is the barong tagalog.