Young blood—that's what we need. These fresh Filipino talents have been making strides in the Fashion industry, showcasing designs that have the heart of the Filipino, and serving them up to a global buffet of artistry. Meet these three inspiring fashion designers who will doubtless take over the world one day.
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1. Jessan Macatangay
Having been featured by Vogue Italia and The New York Times, this Batangas native has quickly become one to watch. A recent graduate of the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, Jessan Macatangay was previously a nurse in the Philippines before becoming a fashion designer.
He's since flown to London and has finished his second bachelor's degree at the prestigious fashion institution. Most notably, his graduation collection—which features art forms inspired by Melanie Bonajo's Furniture Bondage series—has made waves. Bonajo, a Dutch artist, had famously placed chairs atop her subjects to represent struggle. Creating his own visual narrative from Bonajo's cues, Macatangay took inspiration from BenCab's Sabel and created a collection that is as riveting as it is eye-catching.
Taking inspiration from the Filipino art of "making", the young designer worked with cloth, wood, and metal for his optimistic final collection which he's entitled Finding Beauty and Power in Struggle.