MANILA, Philippines - Fashion as art. It's easy to say from the point of view of the person who looks, who appreciates.
But from the point of view of the designer, is it as easy? We don't think so, but we hope so.
Because we'd like them to keep doing it, especially Filipino designers who make us proud the world over because of their designs.
Designers like Cebu-based Cary Santiago, who showcased his latest collection at Philippine Fashion Week Summer 2013 day 4 on Onctober 26, can move you just by showing you their creation or two.
Santiago moves beyond just fashion; weaves in art. He doesn't lean on what is already known as his thumbprint, his trademark.
Instead, he pleasantly surprises.
Just when the laser cut-outs have become so associated with him — as opposed to beadwork for which his Dubai contemporaries Furne One and Michael Cinco are known for — Santiago decides to make 3-dimensional designs that are origami-like, making the wearer feel like a living artwork.
Looking at them, you'd feel like moving closer, having a better look, studying the details more carefully.
The best thing about them is that they are made from locally-sourced fabric.
Don't believe us? Check out Rappler's photos from Cary's show: