YOUNG fashion innovators captured the essence of both the Filipino heritage and modern-day Manila in a series of stylish attires inspired by the iconic landmarks and historical events that helped shape the identity and the evolving culture of the Filipino.
Coined as Batang Kalye, the sustainable and inclusive 35-piece collection was launched as the Prologue of Sinulid, the highly-successful annual culminating show of the graduating students of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program (FDM) of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB).
Batang Kalye featured exquisite looks that exhibited the various facades and narratives of the country with the use of unconventional recycled materials such as paper, paper plates, supermarket boxes, plastics, straws, cellophane, single-use candy wrappers, masking tapes, Ang Pao, Chinese lanterns, tea bags, scraps of textiles and leather, rubber slices, linen and tulle, abaca and rattan and even metal, wires, radiographs, and LED strips.
The assortment included upcycled outfits that encapsulate the noteworthy architecture and interiors around the City of Manila.
Students consulted DLS-CSB’s Center for Social Action and the institution’s partner communities and individuals.
Christine Benet, FDM Program Chair, has shared that the design process behind the Batang Kalye allowed the young style innovators to unravel their identity as designers and artists, while highlighting their organic approach that goes beyond the conventional interpretation of Filipino ingenuity.
“Our students are also stakeholders of the city given that DLS-CSB is located in Manila and the expanded concept of Batang Kalye encompasses their day-to-day experiences – from their childhood to their ambitions,” she elaborated.
Pieces from the assemblage also showcase how fashion is made extra comfortable and accessible to a wider market.