If you’ve been following a season of Heidi Klum’s Project Runway, its Philippine franchise may disappoint in terms of the show’s production values. Having seen an episode, it’s immediately apparent that the American reality television series is far superior in editing, lighting, sound having done it for five seasons already.
But what the local production lacks in the technical aspect, the Pinoy contestants/designers makes up for their creativity, ingenuity, and ‘bitchiness’. Project Runway Philippines‘ 6th episode is particularly noteworthy since that’s when the judges (Rajo Laurel, Apples Aberin-Sahdwani and host Teresa Herrera) were collectively blown-away with most of the designs the came down the runway.
Below is a synopsis of that particular episode:
“The remaining designers were introduced to their models who were wearing wedding dresses picked out of thrift stores. The challenge was to create a bridal gowns using at least 50 percent of the shabby, inexpensive dresses worn by their chosen models. They were also given P3,000 (roughly US$65) and 20 minutes to shop for additional materials, as well as two days to complete their design. The winner received immunity for the next challenge.”
One designer (Philipp) used a tablecloth for his additional fabric for his bridal creation. Eli Gonzales (the winner of this challenge) made a gown inspired by a labandera’s tapis (laundrymaid’s wraparound) that his lola used to wear. The design relies on drapes and knots and didn’t involved actual sewing.
We’re posting links to the YouTube clips of that episode divided into five segments. We suggest though (especially to the bride-to-bes) that you don’t just jump to the runway show, and watch it from the start to better appreciate the creative process involved in making a bridal gown.
- Revealing the challenge
- Designing the gowns
- Mentor’s (Jojie Lloren) critique
- Runway show
- Judges’ comments
The show’s nearing it’s finale. The final runway show will be held on Oct. 23 | 7pm | SMX Convention Center - Function Room 4 at the 3rd floor, and it’s strictly by invitation only. The final three who will show their collection at the Philippine Fashion Week are: Veejay Floresca, Aries Lagat, and Philipp Tampus.