16 June 2022
Known as the Dean of Philippine Fashion, Farrales was considered as an artist ahead of his time since he stepped into the industry in the 50s. His 60 years of success introduced signature Muslim-inspired gowns, traditional ternos, and sophisticated traje de mestizas as well as a series of contemporary loungewear, cocktail dresses, and draped frocks.
With over 200 runway shows here and abroad, he instilled his significant role in strengthening the identity of local fashion in the global scale.
Produced by the Benilde Center for Campus Art (CCA), the exhibition showcases an assemblage of Filipiniana ensembles, beaded ball gowns, pleated dresses, satin garments, and single items from skirts to capes. These all demonstrate the outstanding craftsmanship, as well as the range of artistry and talent of the esteemed designer.
“The collection was a gift from the family of Ben Farrales,” curator and Benilde CCA Director Architect Gerry Torres shared. “His niece-in-law, Cynthia Pendatun, works at De La Salle University and, through Lasallian East Asia District Brother Visitor Br. Armin Luistro FSC, contacted Benilde President Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC to offer it to us.”
Forty pieces from this exemplar body of work form part of the FARRALES@BENILDE gallery.
The FARRALES@BENILDE exhibition likewise features 40 14-inch miniature designs by Benilde Fashion Design and Merchandising (FDM) students, inspired by the works of the late icon. These creations were made from home through the guidance of award-winning couture doll dressmaker Cholo Ayuyao and the fashion educators and mentors from Benilde FDM program.
FARRALES@BENILDE will be available on view until Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the 12F Main Gallery of the Design and Arts Campus, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.