June 19th, 2012
The London 2012 Olympics Phil-Contingent Uniforms!
I have great news! I feel very grateful and honored to tell all of you that I will be designing and making the clothes for the opening ceremonies for the Philippine Team in the 2012 London Olympics! We have a 30-person contingent of both male and female athletes, coaches and delegates! I can’t tell you how big of an honor this is for me!
My inspiration is the Philippine national costume, our very own barong Tagalog. I believe in its simplicity and elegance. I decided to use the colors black, gold and mocha for the ensemble. The embroidery will feature a modern “palay” inspired design with dark cobalt and blue threads symbolizing good fortune. The main accessory is a salakot, which I have gilded in gold leaf and hopefully will catch the light as they enter the Olympic arena. My main thoughts for this as we send out our Olympians is that they are the gladiators in the movie 300. We may have a small team, but we are filled with confidence and pride! Let us all wish them well! I would like to thank the Philippine Olympic committee for giving me this amazing opportunity! Mabuhay ang ating mga Manlalarong Pilipino! Check out my sketches below:
I can’t wait to see this project come to life! It is an honor!