You’d think he’d be immune to compliments by this time, but renowned, multi-awarded fashion designer Frederick Peralta insists he could hardly believe his ears when someone said there was “poetry” in his work.
“I was so humbled by that,” Peralta admits to InterAksyon. “As someone who has been doing this for a long time, it’s a continued validation of my work.” It probably helped quite a bit, too, that it was noted visual artist Dominic Rubio who lavished the praise on him.
Peralta and Rubio were introduced half a year ago by then soon-to-wed Jack Teotico and Abby Frias, who had their wedding clothes done by Peralta. The two artists quickly found a kindred spirit in each other.
Now, they have made the next logical creative step: collaborate for an exhibit.
Nothing new, you say? Indeed, we see joint and group exhibits all the time. But Artes (which runs at the atrium of Podium Mall, Ortigas Center in Mandaulyong City until July 4) is a teamup that not only bridges media but thematic concepts as well. It’s not a just collection of works independently made, but melding of the minds. Think crossover—as in Lexus RX350, a recent Hawaii-Five-O/CSI join-up, or an X-Men/Silver Surfer opus.
It definitely works that Peralta and Rubio share an abiding love for Filipiniana themes – a thread that now weaves canvas and cloth into contiguous eye candy. Peralta’s modern couture visions are piggybacked onto the traditional terno and baro’t saya, while Rubio takes his long-necked subjects time traveling to colonial days.
“I’m impressed with how work conveys pride about being Filipino,” Peralta said, “and the good life.”
There’s nothing nebulous or confusing about Rubio’s paintings, the designer continued. “Which is exactly the way I want people to see my own creations. Even with ornamentation and detailing; my works are wearable.”
On Artes, you’re sure to do a double take when you realize that the beautiful number on the mannequin is the same dress donned by Rubio’s subjects on his painting placed side by side the dressed-up figurine. You’d think Peralta went inside the canvas and designed the dress just for the acrylic dame.
While Peralta’s featured gowns are not for sale, Rubio’s paintings are. In a way, buyers can look at this as a chance to own both a Peralta and a Rubio simultaneously. Why not have your cake and eat it, too?
A Peralta terno and barong painted on by Rubio are up for grabs via auction, proceeds of which will go to Operation Smile, a noble global effort to treat facial deformities such cleft lips and palates in kids.
Frederick Peralta was honored as one of the top five designers at the 2011 Fashion Asia Awards in Beijing, and is the first Filipino to win the Grand Prix at the 1994 Internationale Creatures de Jeunes de Modehis in Paris.
Dominic Rubio may might as well have lived in the 1800s—having made a name for himself via the “nostalgic charm that colonial costumes” worn by his subjects on canvas. He has held exhibits in Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto, and New York.
•Artes is organized by Galerie Stephanie. For more information, call (632) 709-1488 or visit www.galeriestephanie.com.