Emerging Fashion Designers Launch Innovative Debut Collections

After years of virtual galleries and digital showcases, the sorely-missed and highly-anticipated Sinulid is back on the physical stage. The runway will be filled by over 50 creations of fashion innovators that explore history and tradition, heritage and culture, sensibilities and and social and environmental issues.

Sinulid is the annual blockbuster culminating fashion show which exhibits the talent, knowledge, skills and craftsmanship of the graduating students from the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Environment and Design.

Themed Renascence, this year’s installment unveils its nostalgic homecoming at the Benilde Design + Arts Campus as the home of the debut collections of 11 emerging creators whose diverse artistic identities have developed during the lockdowns.

Sinulid 2023 promises a retrospective of varying creative processes and design possibilities. It will feature ensembles that capture the spirit of nature, from the breathtaking charm of butterfly wings coloration and pattern formation to the intriguing beauty of frozen methane in lieu of climate change.

Emotion and passion will make a mark in this series, with surrealist- and macabre-inspired pieces that envelop sorrow and escapism to visual representations of drug-induced euphoria. Daring looks that explore the boundaries of physical intimacy will also be on view.

Collections that challenge the norms will be presented, to include secondhand fabrics upcycled as counter-movement against fast fashion and unconventional bridal series that champions the art of body ink.

Legacy and birthright will take centerstage through designs that aim to revive the faltering capiz shell industry of Samal, Bataan, while modern retelling will reign in the glamorized interpretation of Lenten season-inspired vestments.

It will likewise delve on Japanese flair with anime-inspired casuals for the Filipino otaku, as well as garments that depict the intense work culture of their salarymen.

To elevate the traditional show into a multi-faceted experience, Sinulid 2023 partnered with the Benilde Multimedia Arts (MMA) Program to curate a specialized augmented reality (AR) gallery. Using the special Sinulid app on smartphones, viewers may scan the interactive posters provided to be taken into a digital tour of the collection in action.

Sinulid 2023 is partnered with the Mark of Designers Alliance (MODA), the official organization of Benilde FDM, the Stage Productions Operating Team (SPOT) of the Culture and Arts Unit (CAU), as well as fellow student-artists from the college’s design and arts programs.

The exhibition will be available on view from Friday, March 24 to Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at the 8F of Benilde Design + Arts Campus.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sinulid.Benilde.

To learn more about Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising Program, visit https://www.facebook.com/BenildeFDM or design-and-merchandising/”>https://www.benilde.edu.ph/undergraduate-fashion-design-and-merchandising/.

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