‘The Broken Marriage Vow’ to showcase proudly Filipino fashion brands, designers

Published August 9, 2021, 2:53 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

Jodi Sta. Maria in ‘The Broken Marriage’

Aside from the gripping drama and characters in “The Broken Marriage Vow,” viewers can also look forward to another star in ABS-CBN’s upcoming series: its all-Filipino wardrobe and costumes.

Connie Macatuno, the series’ director and costume design head, said that Jodi Sta. Maria, Zanjoe Marudo, Sue Ramirez, Zaijian Jaranilla, and their co-stars will wear “entirely local” pieces made by Filipino designers and artisans – a move that makes it the first Pinoy teleserye to do so.

From left: Franco Laurel, Sue Ramirez, Zanjoe Marudo, and Rachel Alejandro

“Matagal ko nang inisip na makagawa ng isang palabas kung saan gumagamit ng local designs from local designers. Una kong naisip agad, pagsama-samahin silang lahat. Most of the local designers will be there in showcasing their original work. It’s the thing that excited all of us,” said Direk Connie in a video released by Dreamscape Entertainment on Friday (August 6).

The video also parades the locally made apparel, footwear, accessories, indigenous fabrics, hand-embroidered pieces, and traditional Filipino clothes that will be worn by the stars. According to Direk Connie, she personally picks and matches the elements of the stars’ outfits and that she had fun building the overall look of Dra. Jill Ilustre, Jodi Sta. Maria’s character.

Director and costume design head Connie Macatuno
Connie styling Jodi

Direk Connie’s vision for the “Broken Marriage Vow” aesthetic is “urban Pinoy,” which “mixes global brands and Filipino luxury brands together” to promote Filipino creativity, culture, and craftsmanship to the world.

“We want to showcase our clothes, our roots, our culture in a different way. We get to wear the barong, the pinya on a daily basis. We get to wear the weaves of different places here in the Philippines, and showcase original works of different designers that have global appeal,” she said.

Costume designer Jilla Sara

Meanwhile, Jilla Sara, a costume designer for the series, also said that by featuring Filipino-made creations in the series, their team hopes to show global audiences “what Filipinos can do.”

“The Broken Marriage Vow” is ABS-CBN’s upcoming Filipino adaptation of the hit BBC series “Doctor Foster.” It tells the story of Jill, a dedicated wife and mother who suspects that her husband David (Zanjoe) is having an affair, turning her picture-perfect life upside down.