Filipino Designer Used Trash for Fashion and Got Featured at a Fashion Exhibit in Washington

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” – This quote best described the Filipino designer, whose creative works from trash got featured at a fashion exhibit in Washington, D.C. The Filipino designer from Cebu, Francis Sollano, went to Washington, D.C. last December 14 to showcase his innovative works made from trash (“upcycled”), said in the article shared by the Globalnation.Inquirer.net. Furthermore, the young entrepreneur and visual artist joined the said exhibit to share his story during a talakayan (discussion) and exhibit entitled: “From Waste to Hip: A Creative Paradigm.”

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I love how he came up with a unique name for his works: “trashion.” As stated in the article, it is a movement which is mobilizing communities, women, and youth.

Here are the items he featured and admired by the people who attended the said exhibit:

  • Dresses
  • Bags
  • Dolls
  • Jewellery
  • Sculptural pieces

Note that the above-mentioned items are made from recycled trash like plastic bags, PET bottles, drinking straws, and sticker paper.

Francis Sollano

Looks like he was amazed by Sollano’s designs 🙂 (Photo source: Inquirer.net)

The exhibit was held at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy, which also featured Patis Tesoro’s hand-woven fabric designs, earlier this year.

Ultimately, inspiring stories like this makes me feel more proud to be a Pinoy! Kudos to you and all Filipino designers!

Congratulations, Francis! We are truly proud of you!

How about you, what can you say about his works? Don’t you find his pieces brilliant?


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