After years of virtual galleries and digital showcases, the sorely-missed and highly-anticipated Sinulid is back on the physical stage. The runway will welcome over 50 creations of fashion innovators that explore history and tradition, heritage and culture, sensibilities, and social and environmental issues.
Sinulid is the annual blockbuster culminating fashion show which exhibits the talent, knowledge, skills, and craftsmanship of the graduating students from the Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) program of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Environment and Design.
Themed Renascence, this year’s installment unveils its nostalgic homecoming at the Benilde Design + Arts Campus as the home of the debut collections of 11 emerging creators whose diverse artistic identities have developed during the lockdowns.
Sinulid 2023 promises a retrospective of varying creative processes and design possibilities. It will feature ensembles that capture the spirit of nature, from the breathtaking charm of butterfly wings’ coloration and pattern formation to the captivating beauty of frozen methane instead of climate change.
Emotion and passion will make a mark in this series, with surrealist- and macabre-inspired pieces that envelop sorrow and escapism to visual representations of drug-induced euphoria. Daring looks that explore the boundaries of physical intimacy will also be in view.
Collections that challenge the norms will be presented, including upcycled secondhand fabrics and unconventional bridal series that champion the art of body ink as a counter-movement against fast fashion.
Legacy and birthright will take centerstage through designs that aim to revive the faltering capiz shell industry of Samal, Bataan, and a modern retelling will reign in the glamorized interpretation of Lenten season-inspired vestments.
It will likewise delve into Japanese flair with anime-inspired casuals for the Filipino otaku, as well as garments that depict the intense work culture of their salarymen.
To elevate the traditional show into a multi-faceted experience, Sinulid 2023 partnered with the Benilde Multimedia Arts (MMA) Program to curate a specialized augmented reality (AR) gallery. Using the Sinulid app on smartphones, viewers may scan the interactive posters provided to venture into a digital tour of the collection in action.
Sinulid 2023 is in partnership with the Mark of Designers Alliance (MODA), the official organization of Benilde FDM, the Stage Productions Operating Team (SPOT) of the Culture and Arts Unit (CAU), as well as fellow student-artists from the college’s design and arts programs.
The exhibition will be on view from Friday, March 24 to Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at the 8F of Benilde Design + Arts Campus.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Sinulid.Benilde.
To learn more about Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising Program, visit https://www.facebook.com/BenildeFDM or https://www.benilde.edu.ph/undergraduate-fashion-design-and-merchandising/.