These ladies radiate true class and elegance in their traditional Filipiniana dresses
The traditional María Clara gown, often referred to as Filipiniana dress or traje de mestiza is the aristocratic (upper-class) variant of the baro't saya. It is a unified dress that can easily be identified through its puffy, butterfly sleeves.
Like the baro't saya, the gown has four parts too: a blouse (camisa or baro), a kerchief worn over the shoulders (pañuelo, fichu, or alampay), a long skirt (saya), and a short rectangular cloth (patadyong or tapis) worn over the skirt.
In the modern age, many Filipinas still prefer wearing the traditional dress; we have listed some of them in this article.
1. Jess WIlson
Jess Wilson was a dashing June bride in her custom Filipiniana dress with a detachable skirt! In a soulful ceremony with her longtime boyfriend Moritz Gastl, the Sunnies Face co-founder and brand manager was seen wearing Vania Romoff.
The custom Filipiniana dress has sleeves with noticeable fringes at the bottom. In an Instagram post, Romoff explained that his design is an ode to the magical fringe terno.
"I felt it was appropriate to also share this gown designed by my grandmother in the 60s. Most of you know that she was a couturier as well and designed the most beautiful Filipinianas. I am lucky to have seen her craft and beautiful work first hand as it has inspired so many of my designs," the designer said.
Jess and Moritz tied the knot at the Sunlight Ecotourism Island Resort in Palawan, but their church wedding will also take place in Salzburg, Austria next year.
2. Heart Evangelista
At the annual State Of The Nation Address (SONA), politicians and their spouses convene and sport their best national attire. At the 2017 SONA, former Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero arrived with his wife Heart Evangelista.
Heart made everybody's head turn in her white below-the-knee Inno Sotto terno with matching heels and purse.
3. Iza Calzado
Iza Calzado was a head-turner at the recently-concluded 2019 Film Development Council of the Philippines' (FDCP) Sine Sandaan. Her morena colours stood out thanks to her nude Jolaida Niccolai Filipiniana dress.
4. Sofia Zobel-Elizalde
On the 18th Tatler ball, Patron of Arts and Culture Award awardee Sofia Zobel-Elizalde showed up in a bright orange Filipiniana made by Inno Sotto for her late mother-in-law, Pamen Elizalde.
In an interview with Tatler, Sofia, who founded STEPS Dance Studio and STEPS Scholarship Foundation, shared how important it is for her to incorporate art in everything that she does. “I’m trying to get Philippine audiences to really appreciate [dance], understand it more, and support the arts and culture in general. So, [whatever the form of art], I think I’m doing my best to help create awareness and appreciation."
5. Pia Wurtzbach
Pia Wurtzbach blew everyone's mind on the preliminary night of the Miss Universe 2015. For her national costume, Pia donned an Albert Andrada number. The detailed gown also came with a matching fan and headpiece.
6. Rabiya Mateo
Rabiya Mateo wore a Ram Silva Filipiniana on her homecoming this year. The 24-year-old beauty queen said that the gown was inspired by the colour of the Philippine flag. "It was inspired by a Philippine flag. I was thinking since she’s no longer just representing Iloilo city, but the whole Philippines," she said.
7. Marissa Concepcion
Marissa Concepcion, who attended the 18th Tatler ball with her husband Joey, stunned the crowd when she wore a Filipiniana-inspired polka dot gown from Vania Romoff.
The lovebirds, who won the Couple of The Year award, shared how their secret to a long-lasting relationship. “Marissa is very supportive,” Joey said of his wife. “Whenever she is free, she always attends my activities here or abroad.” Marissa, for her part, said that she always tries to keep an open mind. “Every day is a learning process and every day Joey and I try to make things better. So as much as possible, we do things together.” Joey agreed. “I think that teamwork is essential.”