Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014
Philippine Fashion Week gives tribute to legendary designer Ben Farrales, or “Manong Ben” as his friends and clients in the industry fondly call him, as it presents Ben Farrales: A Retrospective as this season’s finale.
The first-ever Filipino designer to launch a show at the Manila Hotel, Farrales’ first gala fashion show, Romance 1959, left such a dramatic impact that it demanded an encore the following year. Since then, Farrales has staged successful fashion presentations, locally and internationally, one after another.
Today, he is hailed the Dean of Filipino Fashion, and is often praised for his brilliance and ingenuity in reworking Filipino costumes, altering the lines and volume of the traditional Maria Clara and Kimona. He was also one of the first to use Philippine ethnic fabric, reworking local materials from the Tiboli to the Igorot weave, with such brilliance and imagination, attracting even an international clientele for his designs. Lastly, he is most known for his Muslim-inspired designs and exotic color combinations, weaving together tribal elements and indigenous materials to turn into haute couture.
Finally, after gaining much success and recognition abroad, Farrales then focused on sustaining the Philippine fashion industry, staging fund-raising and charity projects that featured the works of up-and-coming designers, which at the same time, helped out the less fortunate, too.
Indeed, having changed the landscape of the Philippine fashion scene, inspiring and helping designers, and many individuals along the way, Philippine Fashion Week presents a grand, nostalgic show in Ben Farrales: A Retrospective.
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Farrales has received numerous awards and recognition from various organizations, including:
Most Distinguished Manilan in his Profession
Hall of Fame at the Center of International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM)
Awardee for the Arts and Culture at the bicentennial celebration of San Beda College
Disenyo Award given by then First Lady Loi Ejercito, in recognition of his fundraising and charity projects
Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP)
People’s Poliffor Haute Couture
Philippine Red Cross
The Philippine Cancer Society