The Slim Higgins fashion show sets the tone for the new MaArte fair
Fashion is in the spotlight in the August edition of MaArte
ANCX staff | July 28, 2022
The courageous and timeless vision of trailblazer Salvacion Lim “Slim” Higgins will be a highlight of this year’s edition of the pioneering Philippine arts and crafts fair MaArte. The designer and new national fashion artist began her career after World War II, dressed some of the most important women in film and society, and helped educate many Filipinos through her legendary Slim’s Fashion and Arts. School.
While Slim’s alumni include some of the most respected names in Filipino fashion design, including Joe Salazar, Cesar Gaupo, Michael Cinco and Joey Samson, the lady herself is a master at crafting beautiful avant-garde clothes. guards. She is known for having reinterpreted the terno by giving it a couture touch, investing it with a draped skirt and a flap that gave the traditional Filipino dress a semblance of movement and therefore of modernity.
Her son, artist Mark Lewis Higgins, has assembled a selection of the designer’s works from her archive which all appear to have been designed for contemporary times. These will be on display in the Historic Peninsula Hall beginning August 15.
“Slim embodied what we try to encapsulate in Maarte,” says show organizer Trickie Lopa. “She was a designer who could incorporate indigenous elements such as jusi and raffia into her everyday clothing. color palette and its combination of textures were unique and unexpected.
Fashion will be an important part of this next edition of the MaArte fair, which since 2017 has been called MaArte at The Pen, with the Manila Peninsula providing it with a permanent home. In addition to Slim’s exhibit, Mark Higgins will hold a talk August 21 on the Golden Age of Couture at the hotel’s Salon de Ning, exploring the parallel careers of Christian Dior and Slim. Part of the fair is also devoted to the works of an emerging generation of Filipino fashion designers and is called PHxMaarte. Twenty-three brands will be featured in this feature, including Bagasao, Kelvin Morales, Neil Felipp, Jill Lao, Mich Dulce, Tropik Beatnik, and Randolf. Fashion and accessories will be presented on the 5th floor of the hotel.
MaArte Fair started in 2009 as a complementary event to Habi, a symposium on traditional ASEAN textiles. It has since become an annual event awaited by both artisans and lovers of Filipino products, from fashion to home accessories. This year’s edition attracts a total of 94 participating vendors.
Along with Art in the Park, MaArte is the largest fundraiser for the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and its projects. Most recently it funded a six-week training workshop for museum tour guides and is sending a curator from the National Museum to Melbourne this year for post-graduate studies in art and artefact preservation.
The Museum Foundation was also able to build two MFPI rooms in two branches of the National Museum, largely thanks to proceeds from Art in the Park and MaArte.
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