Modern Traditions

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

“BUWAN NG WIKA” celebrates the language that is inextricably linked to a culture. There is one national language, but although Filipinos speak varied languages and dialects in different areas, many would consider the mestiza dress the most formal of Filipiniana attire for women.

Designer Lyndon Adolfo creates varied translations of the modern mestiza, all featuring the distinctive butterfly sleeves, modest silhouette and elaborate details this dress is known for.

An empire-waist dress in silver and white has a fully sequinned bodice and sleeves. The chevron-like pattern on the skirt is embellished with more sequins and beads. For versatility and added detail, the dress has a detachable cathedral train with vine and floral appliques in pale gray and white. The dress is finished off with a statement necklace reminiscent of the choker-type necklaces popular a century ago.


For a different version of a metallic look, Lyndon created the sleeves and bodice of another gown using paned strips of silver fabric. The black skirt is made of sparkling galaxy tulle, with laser cutouts in a botanical pattern to further emphasize the gown’s mermaid cut. The look is accessorized with a silver brooch at the bust and large rhinestone silver earrings.

Magenta and gold are paired in a mestiza dress with a full skirt of tulle and two-tone satin. The basque-waisted bodice and subtle sweetheart neckline give a more structured shape to balance out the fullness of the skirt. Appliques in the same magenta hue adorn the sleeves and pop against the matte gold.

An elegant piece in all white has floral details handpainted on the sleeves and down the bodice, accented with beads and rhinestones. Spandex material and nude stretch tulle maintain a sleek look, with a flowing skirt in a classic, simple shape.

Lyndon also includes a barong Tagalog for men made of white jusi, also hand-painted with a subtle floral design in a U-shape and accented with beads and rhinestones. For a casual look, this is paired with cuffed khaki shorts and simple tan sandals.

Although Buwan ng Wika is coming to a close, our traditional dress speaks of a culture and a shared heritage that unites all Filipinos, in its splendor, modesty and elegance.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2014.


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