Neon overdose

11:49 AM

(P.S.) Styling for 1896: (see related articles, part 1, part 2) This post is the third part of my indie film styling experience. Yesterday, I watched the first raw edit of the film and submitted the footage of our credits shoot. Next week, music lay in and color grading will follow. There's a press conference today at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for Cinemalaya 2010 and the trailer was just released last night by our associate producer. I'll try to get a copy for you guys. ^__^

Neon tank top | Neon printed blazer Thrifted | Leggings | Converse sneaks | Shades F&H

When you're in such toxic schedule and exhausting work, isn't if delightful to wear something full of color? My crewmates teased me a lot; saying that it wouldn't be difficult to look for me when they need me. My neon yellow inner tank top and neon printed soft blazer screamed attention compared to what others wore on set. The only thing missing was something to cover my head so I borrowed one of our prop peasant hats.

Our third day of shooting was held at Intramuros - the walled city during the Spanish colonization era. The heat that time was unbearable but I still had to wear leggings for protection. I couldn't afford another scar from some clumsy accident (without limiting my movement of course).

As promised, here are the Filipino style inspirations used for the film's wardrobe and costume.

We can see how fashion differ per social class. The indios wore their ternos simply while the illustrados, peninsulares, insulares, wore similar type of clothing but in grandiose and rich fabrics.

I've always wondered how come Filipinos were able to bear the scorching heat despite their looong skirts (with tails), tapis (2nd layer to the skirt) and over-sized layered tops. Women wore baro (top), kamison (inner) and panuelo (scarf). During their time, everyone looked so dressed, even the peasants. I wonder how much time it took them to dress up, including styling their hair.

Coats and blazers that are very "in" today go back as far as 1896. Baby doll dresses with puffed sleeves and A-line skirts (with lace details) dominate the closets of upper social classes. And look! Vintage hats do exist then (weee).

Collared polo/shirt only came to the Philippines when the Americans arrived. During the Spanish time, men's clothes have that "Chinese collar" style. Filipina women were also fond of various types of prints on their skirts like polka dots, florals, stripes, plaids and others.

2nd picture (right) below: My most favorite photo of all! I love how this little kid paired a plaid top to striped pants. He wore a pink handkerchief as scarf and then one on the head plus a hat. Isn't he adorable?!

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  1. Sabi ko na nga ba, my love for oversized clothing stems from the Maria Clara days.

    Love your look... artist na artist ang dating. Great use of neon colors Melai. xoxo

  2. thanks for the warm comment Melai! I appreciate your concern and sweetness!

    I like your neon outfit! I have never tried wearing that color but I am up for the challenge!:)

    Simone's Closet

  3. i love neon and you can overload me with it anytime...hehe. wow, i'm so glad you showcased different filipino styles in the past...

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

  4. i love the fashion flashback, totally rad!! :D your outfit today screams funky and fresh!! love the prints!!! :D

    Animated Confessions


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