MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINA DRESS – MARIA CLARA

Because of my visit to the Philippines, I’ve had the opportunity to take in as much of the culture as I can and discovered that because of the Philippines being a melting pot of different cultures from Asia and the west, there have been many influences and changes to various traditional Filipina costumes.

The Maria Clara is probably one of the most recognisable of the Filipina traditional dresses, with the Mestiza being the other. The clothing is composed of four pieces, the camisa (the top) the panuelo (the scarf) the tapis and the saya. My interpretation of the dress is a little more revealing compared to the original which looks layered and almost gown like.maria-clara-mikey-espinosa-x-filipino-women-3-may-2016-completedmaria-clara-filipino-teaser-fashion

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINA DRESS – SINGKIL

Because of my visit to the Philippines, I’ve had the opportunity to take in as much of the culture as I can and discovered that because of the Philippines being a melting pot of different cultures from Asia and the west, there have been many influences and changes to various traditional Filipina costumes.

This costume is inspired by the Singkil dance, a traditional Filipino dance that tells the  Hindu story of Ramayana. Megan Young; Miss World is seen wearing a  garment similar to this. singkil-mikey-espinosa-x-filipino-women-3-may-completed-2016

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINA DRESS – TRADITIONAL

Because of my visit to the Philippines, I’ve had the opportunity to take in as much of the culture as I can and discovered that because of the Philippines being a melting pot of different cultures from Asia and the west, there have been many influences and changes to various traditional Filipina costumes.

Inspired by the Igorot, there were so many ways I could have designed this dress, but I decided to incorporate the patterns found in clothing and the tattoos that represent strength and nature, depending on the tribe.

 

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MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINA DRESS – THE KIMONA

Because of my visit to the Philippines, I’ve had the opportunity to take in as much of the culture as I can and discovered that because of the Philippines being a melting pot of different cultures from Asia and the west, there have been many influences and changes to various traditional Filipina costumes.

The Kimona is a costume that can be worn casually and as formal wear. It comprises of a loose fitting top and skirt. This costume is commonly found in the Visayan area of the Philippines.kimona-mikey-espinosa-x-filipino-women-3-may-completed-2016

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINA DRESS – THE MESTIZA

Because of my visit to the Philippines, I’ve had the opportunity to take in as much of the culture as I can and discovered that because of the Philippines being a melting pot of different cultures from Asia and the west, there have been many influences and changes to various traditional Filipina costumes.

This traditional dress of the Philippines is known as the Mestiza, it normally has the oblong shape sleeves and an almost fitted silhouette for the body of the dress. It is normally worn for formal occasions and embroidered.

I decided to add the sleeves as a separate piece with an added long piece of fabric to add elegance. The fabric I imagine being used would be made of pina, woven from pineapple leaves which is used for the traditional barong (transparent shirt) which is worn by the men.filipino-teaser-fashionmestiza-mikey-espinosa-x-filipino-women-3-may-final-2016

GLORY OF DESSA, BOOK TWO, FREE CHAPTER.

A love story before the war of the Goddesses. The first chapter for Glory of Dessa Book 2 is now free to read on www.gloryofdessa.com! Click “Read Books” to get started #GloryOfDessa book one is also available to purchase on the site. 130 pages drawn, coloured and written by yours truly!!glory-of-dessa-book-2-chapter-1-promo-octThe release of the second book for my comic has been pushed to next year so to make it up to you, The first chapter for Glory of Dessa Book Two has been released for you!

GLORY OF DESSA, BOOK TWO, FREE CHAPTER.

A love story before the war of the Goddesses. The first chapter for Glory of Dessa Book 2 is now free to read on www.gloryofdessa.com! Click “Read Books” to get started #GloryOfDessa book one is also available to purchase on the site. 130 pages drawn, coloured and written by yours truly!!glory-of-dessa-book-2-chapter-1-promo-octThe release of the second book for my comic has been pushed to next year so to make it up to you, The first chapter for Glory of Dessa Book Two has been released for you!