Best Sagala gown design

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


THE modern Terno has now become a coming together of innovations of many. It is no question why the week-long Fiestas in the City of SM City Davao was capped with the Grand Parade of Sagalas (muses) donning the Terno-gowns which showcased the craftmanship of Davao's fashion designers.

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Mharo Lao

Grand prize winner Mharo Lao offered a a fiesta-inspired Filipiniana gown. The gown embellished with capiz shells, beaded peacock embroidery and treated abaca hemp was expertly put together on a soft cotton canvas fabric.

This year is Lao's second time to join the SM Davao Sagala Gown Design Competition (First was in 2005 where he bagged the 2nd prize). Lao says he has been looking forward to joining the competition as he enjoys putting things together in the name of fashion. Lao runs Sophie's Damit located at Ponciano Street, Davao City.

Don-don Maceren

A gown made of a heavy textured gold brocade with fuchsia medallion patterns, gold and olive green by seasoned designer Don-don Maceren was hailed as the second placer.

Maceren's one-piece creation sported an asymmetrical hemline extending to a serpentina cut. Sequins, jet caviar beads, pearls and satin cabbage roses completed the gown's details.

The neckline accentuated with an iron-crafted collar, studded with swarovski crystals and pearls. A head piece with cascading floral accents and trailing veil puts together the whole ensemble.

Though armed with years of experience, Maceren continues to join SM' competition as an act of cooperation with the new and budding designers. He also claims that SM has been a good venue for exposure as he attracts new clients from during the events.

He runs a shop at Camus Street. Maceren, who finished a course in dressmaking and fashion designing at Slim Fashion and Arts School has been tagged as Davao's Patis Tesoro as his forte includes embroidery.

Fuji Jimenez

A silk cloth Mecada serpentina gown by Fuji Jimenez also made it to the top three. Craftsmanship was spelled with the cutout lace, cut beads and translucent rainbow sequins used as embellishment to the simple yet striking dress.

This entry of Fuji represents the purity of the Filipinas.

This year is Jimenez's 2nd year to join the competition. He started as a beadwork artist and later on learned the art of designing.

Practicing fashion designer for five years, he began as an in house designer for Garrimon Roferos Haute Coutoure. He is now a free lance artist. Early in his career, he has been exposed to other design competitions of SM Davao -- Urog Etnika and Moda Mindanao, where his works were among the winners.

Fuji believes that SM's Sagala Gown Design Competition challenges amateur designer to cross over to the real world of fashion in the city.

SM City Davao's Grand Sagala Parade continues to awe its followers both by discovering new talents and by challenging the creative minds of the Davao fashion designers.

Best sagala gown design

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