THIS year’s graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (Fida) Cebu recently presented its graduation collection through a fashion show. Dubbed Outside the Lines, the show was set at The Northwing of SM City Cebu last Sept. 11 and featured the world renowned visual artists-inspired collections by the graduating students.

Graduate Ia Coca’s Insignia collection earned him the accolade Fida’s Best Collection for the year. His first collection retells the tales of Caravaggio’s paintings focused on religious conflicts and rebellion with tribal and military influences incorporated, using geometric patterns and negative spaces in streamlined silhouettes.

Another noteworthy collection was Free Barbusa’s Felomina, inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, as seen in his eye-popping and unqiue designs.

A showcase inspired by Bil Donovan, Rachel Rama presented Departure Dept., a complete wardrobe of mix and match separates fit for a modern-day traveler. July Gelantaga-an’s collection Deciduous was inspired by Paul Cezzane, in the form of romantic pieces with gold trimmings.

Other collections include Danica Joy Hermoso’s Barnett Newman-inspired collection Progenitor. Models emerged wearing clothes that fused contemporary styling and retro-like silhouettes in colors bluish grey and white. Meanwhile, Dannah Dae Paclibar’s collection introduced Fine Dust, a collection that bespeaks a mix of romance and fantasy in shades of blue and purple, as inspired by the whimsical paintings of Karilise Alexander.

Janine Reserva presented her collection Bloom. It showed couture pieces that speak of elegance; femininity trimmed with intricate and romantic details in neutral colors and light shades inspired by the landscape paintings of impressionist Claude Monet. Last was the Smoke and Mirrors collection presented by Rachelle Charlaine Lim based on Salvador Dali’s paintings and depicting surrealism’s dark, psychological theme presented in wavy, curved silhouettes fashioned with floral details.