Style Isle Collection: “Endangered Species” Heritage Conservation Photoshoot
Sheila Snow wearing Twinkle Ferraren’s “Endangered Species” line.
This bikini with multi-pattern weaves are from the Tausug tribe of Sulu
I remember when I first finished school and my mom asked me what aspect of the Fashion Industry I wanted to be in and I clearly said “Designer with Local Textiles”. My love for our Heritage Locations also stemmed during my highschool days and we were asked to write a thesis; I made mine on Heritage Conservation.
~ Twinkle Ferraren
As a fashion designer, the hunt for fabrics and materials is closely related to hunting for animals in the forest / jungle; you hunt for what you need to “wear”; and you always want to find the best materials. Because of this hunger for discovery and sourcing new materials, it has led me to discover all the different handwoven textiles that were being made around the country. From Ilocos, to Aklan, Palawan, and Mindanao. With the growth of mass commercialism and consumerism, the fabrics which were made by hand can slowly be categorized as “Endangered Species”; thankfully there are people who are becoming more concerned, aware and slowly reviving these textiles in different ways.
The same goes for our heritage destinations and locations; buildings, landscapes, architectural spots & areas – corporations are buying, destroying, re-building; when in fact these are the very reasons people take photos of during travels, trips and vacations. In other countries, these are the places & views that people save up for to visit and see.
With my love for fashion, textile & heritage & in celebration of National Heritage Month; I would like to bring the two together by showcasing the fabrics in modern fashion and locations side by side, hopefully making people aware of what we have and what might just be (if we continue patronizing our own).
Sheila Snow in gold bikini w/ beaded details from T’boli tribe of Lake Sebu (known as the Dream Weavers)
This room where photo was taken was the old office of Dolphy
*ENDANGERED SPECIES – This was a concept and angle I used during my presentation at the 4th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium in Vietnam last March 2013; I was the Speaker Representative for the Philippine Delegation and there shared an overview of the status of our handwoven textiles together with possible solutions and options of where and how it can be alive in the modern world.
Models: Reena Rae, Sheila Snow & Esther Kaara Tan
To showcase, highlight & put in focus our heritage through a fashion / stylized photoshoot & fashion film – highlighting heritage fabrics shot against heritage spots and locations around the metro.
Photographer: Gian CruzStylist: Nio ManzanoHair & Makeup: Jet BabasModels: Sheila Snow, Reena Rae & Esther Kaara TanSpecial Special Thanks to:ECAI (Escolta Commercial Association Inc)First United Building,Escolta Revival MovementHeritage Conservation Society-Youth – Lem Leal Santiango,
Johhan Joseph Ararao, Stephen John Pamorada
Aristocrat Roxas Blvd for sponsoring our meals (merienda/snacks)
- 10th Yabang Pinoy: Global Pinoy Bazaar on Aug. 22-24 at World Trade Center
- MaARTe Fair on Aug. 29-31 at Rockwell Tent
Style Isle by Twinkle Ferraren
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