A Filipiniana-inspired wedding celebration calls for a Filipiniana gown patterned after the national costume. Modifications of the Baro’t Saya and Maria Clara’s ensemble are among popular interpretations of the Filipiniana gown. The former First Lady Imelda Marcos’s famous butterfly sleeves are often added to complete the look. To quote the renowned Filipino designer Joel Bautista,“It is the gown’s national identity that the bride intends to personify within herself that makes a Filipinana-themed gown a virtuous choice for her wedding.”
With the changing times, the old Filipiniana style has further evolved. The present designs range from conservative to sexy, from fitted to fluffy. It could even be custom-made, depending on the bride’s wishes. Contrary to tradition, Filipiniana gowns nowadays come in various colors. Embroideries and other accents may be added as well in order to make it stand out. One thing remains from those old designs though, the butterfly sleeves.
A guidepost that the bride can employ in choosing her Filipiniana gown is the value that she places on the traits of a Filipina. Filipinas are known for their simplicity and purity. The bride can therefore opt for a simple yet elegant style that radiates both sophistication and innocence.
Nonetheless, the exact details of the gown itself do not matter that much. What counts most is the Filipiniana style the bride dreams of wearing on her wedding day. It could be her own design or a combination of existing designs as long as it achieves her long time dream.
Indeed, choosing the best Filipiniana gown greatly depends on the bride’s personality. As succinctly put by another famous designer, Rajo Laurel, “The Filipino’s pride in getting married is reflective in the designs of her gowns, although this has to be in tune with modern aesthetics.”