Dutch and Filipino designers fuse cultures for Manila Fashion Festival show, Oct. 27

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A unique Dutch-Filipino fashion show will be mounted on October 27 (Thursday), at the New World Hotel Makati.

The event, which is spearheaded by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, culminates the fashion exchange program that is part of the anniversary celebrations of 65 years of diplomatic ties and 150 years of consular ties between the Philippines and the Netherlands.

Launched last February, the anniversary celebrations, themed “Inspire Innovation: Leading Sustainable Innovations toward a Progressive World”, highlight the importance of new solutions for sustainable development while capitalizing on the common interests of Dutch and Filipinos.

According to Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines Marion Derckx, “This collaboration between the talented fashion designers from the Philippines and the Netherlands provides an amazing opportunity to pave the way for sustainable fashion to be weaved into the future of design.”

As part of the program, Dutch participants Zena Ankersmit, Britta Bentele, and Loes van Nijnatten flew to the Philippines last April to attend design workshops and visit embroidery centers in Lumban, Quezon and Tagaytay and handpick fabrics in Divisoria. Last July, the Filipina participants Nina Gatan, Damaris Chua, and Riza Bulawan visited the Netherlands to immerse themselves in Dutch fashion and witness one of Europe’s most prestigious fashion events: the Amsterdam Fashion Week.

The fashion show will feature an 18-piece collection of combined Dutch and Filipino artistry created by the young designers. Inspired by the fusion of both cultures, the designers will showcase the pieces on the evening of October 27.

Ambassador Derckx adds, “We are very excited to showcase the outcome of this collaboration in one of the Philippines’ most important fashion events, the Manila Fashion Festival. We hope that this event will serve as a platform to highlight the best and most innovative fashion that both countries can offer.”

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