MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINO TRADITIONAL DRESSES

Mikey Espinosa - Filipino group redesign of traditional outfit

The first dress on the far left is the Singkil dress from the Maranao region. Popularly seen in a Singkil dance that involves bamboo.

The second dress is the Mestiza dress. It is the most modern traditional dress that has high shoulders and a neckline that reveals the colour bones. I decided to have the sleeves as part of an overcoat made of  banana fibres, similar to the material commonly used for a barong.

The middle dress is the Maria Clara dress and was popular during the Spanish period. The Maria Clara was named after a Spanish heroine.

The Kimona is a more relaxed formal item of clothing often worn in the Visayan area. The skirt is known as the patadyong.
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 – FILIPINO ANCESTRAL HOME

Painting my mothers ancestral home. The Grecia house, before it was knocked down in 2013, it was home to our family for just over 100 years. Belonging to Don Daniel Grecia and Señorita Socorro Grecia. I used Acrylic paints on canvas to capture this home of sweet memories.mikey-espinosa-ungka-old-house-painting-for-nanay2016-2mikey-espinosa-ungka-old-house-painting-for-nanay2016-3Windows were well ventilated in those days  with enough protection from the rain, most living spaces were on the top floor to make use of the cool breeze.mikey-espinosa-ungka-old-house-painting-for-nanay2016These houses are almost near extinction due to the fast developing pace of the modern world here in the Philippines and very few are being preserved. I feel privileged to have been able to be brought up in one and say bye to it.

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 – The Golden Mestiza dress

Painted with acrylic on canvas, I wanted to capture the beauty of the traditional Filipino dress known as the Mestiza. I also created an illusion of what seems to be either the dress soaked half way in water or a galaxy styled design. The sleeves reach towards the sky as if in flames to show the power, intensity and heat of the Philippine country and adorned her with pearls since the Philippines is known to be the Pearl of the Orient.mikey-espinosa-golden-mestiza-dress-painting-24-june-2016mikey-espinosa-golden-mestiza-dress-painting-24-june-2016-1mikey-espinosa-golden-mestiza-dress-painting-24-june-2016-2mikey-espinosa-golden-mestiza-dress-painting-24-june-2016-3

Miss Saigon – Three Kims

As we approach the final year of Miss Saigon the revival UK, I feel like I have such a connection with it since it was the only musical my parents ever praised when I was a child and now my niece is in it! I decided to do a painting (with the request of my niece :p) of the three Kims she’s worked with. miss saigon - Kim trio, Eva, Tanya, Sooha,

If you’re in the UK then you have two months to watch it! Mikey Espinosa - Miss Saigon Three Kims - 18.12.2015 - SoohaSooha KimMikey Espinosa - Miss Saigon Three Kims - 18.12.2015 - TanyaTanya ManalangMikey Espinosa - Miss Saigon Three Kims - 18.12.2015 - EvaEva Noblezada