THE University of San Carlos’ School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design-Fashion Design Program presented Quatro: The Fourth Annual Graduation Fashion Show last March 7.

Held at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu, the graduation show began with opening remarks from Fashion Design program coordinator Mary Felma Aliño, followed by the fashion show in which models walked the runway dressed in creations by this year’s graduating class comprising Lemuel Jasper Tan, Elgreg Orais, Mayco Niño Vendero and John Ramann Arellano, who each showcased their research-based designs.

With his graduation thesis entitled “An Application of the Kite-Making Technique of the Japanese Late Edo Period into Four Basic Coat Styles,” Tan presented eight designs in vibrant colors using neoprene as fabric. With it being Japanese-inspired including the shades used in the designs, the collection was derived from basic coat styles particularly kimonos which were reconstructed to give them a more classy, convenient and artistic flair.

Next was Orais’ research-based collection called “An Experimental Study of the Manipulation of Abaca Sinamay Using Draping Techniques to Create an Avant-Garde Collection.” Orais said his collection was not just simply a clothing collection but also an art that promotes an indigenous material such as the abaca sinamay that was hand-stitched as seen on the seven designs showcased that day.

Vendero’s collection came next, titled, “The Application of Paper Filigree As Embellishment for A Couture Collection.” Inspired by the roaring era of the ‘20s, Vendero gave it his own interpretation and incorporated the paper filigree—which were made from old newspapers—in the neutral-colored collection, further highlighting the paper filigree. This research-based design won him the “Best in Thesis” award.

Another awardee was Arellano, whose graduation thesis called “A Hierarchy of Angel-Inspired Avant-Garde Collection Incorporating Craft Foam as Embellishments,” also won “Best in Thesis.” Driven by curiosity of the angelic hierarchy, each piece had its individual design concept with characteristics matching the corresponding angel.