The late Filipino designer is among the newly declared National Artists of the Philippines
Last June, the Philippines welcomes its new set of National Artists. Among the declared champions of Filipino culture and arts is the late fashion designer Salvacion Lim Higgins (Slim), which solidifies garment making and designing as a true medium of art. Last July, her works graced the hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines for a one-night display. If you did get the chance to be there, then here’s your opportunity to see them in person again.
From Aug. 27, Slim’s designs are present in the lobby of The Peninsula Manila. Part of this year’s MaArte Fair, the display is curated by her son, Slim’s Fashion and Arts School’s Mark Lewis Lim Higgins. There, Filipinos can expect to see the designer’s mastery of design through stunning terno pieces and her play on fabric manipulation and proportion, among others.
Slim started her career in fashion during the post-World War 2 era. While Balenciaga and Dior revolutionized fashion in the ’50s, in the Philippines, it’s her that was breaking away from tradition by introducing experimental design details and silhouettes, becoming one of the many Filipinos credited for making the terno a work of art.
“Because of her background in fine arts, her color palettes and textural combinations were unique and unexpected. She was also technically proficient and substantially knowledgeable about textiles, so her architectural constructions were expertly and often elaborate executed,” according to the exhibit notes. “Her designs were also highly refined in their ‘editing.’”
Get to know more about this year’s MaArte Fair here.