Touting a striking, unembellished design portfolio decked in shades of brown with yellow highlights, the Fashion Institute of Design and Arts (FIDA), was declared the grand prize winner at the at the Aboitiz Green Fashion Revolution (GFR) 2016 Cebu held on November 26 at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall.
With its collection dubbed “ The Lost City” that was fashioned from burlap, flour sacks, tarpaulins, and cork, FIDA edged out the designs of defending champion Cebu Institute of Technology-University, (2nd place), University of San Carlos (3rd place), and University of San Jose Recoletos (4th place).
This year, the contestants were asked to conceptualize and execute designs using the theme Life Flourishing on Land and in Water, which is inspired by the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park. Both sustainability initiatives contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals #14 (conserve oceans, seas, and marine resourceses ) and # 1 5 (promote biodiversity and sustainable use of land resources).
A total of 152 kilos of waste materials from Aboitiz business units including cement sacks from Republic Cement were used in this competition. The Cebu Finals Night also coincided with the celebration of the National Day for Youth in Climate Action.
GRAND WINNER. Majority of FIDA’s pieces were made from burlap sacks taken from coffee shops. They were lined with flour sacks to make them comfortable. The pieces were dyed naturally using coffee grounds (for browns) and turmeric (for yellows). The process included stripping the plastic from the tarpaulins, leaving a semi-sheer fibrous framework to structure the overall look. The removed plastic was used to stuff their chunky coat introduced in the finale. The shoe soles were created by layering used cork board. FIDA also won the special awards Best in Clothing Design, Best in Accessories Design, Best Bag Design, and Best Footwear Design. FIDA’s Lawrence and Daina won the Best Male Model and Female Model, respectively. FIDA gets P50,000 in cash prize and another P50,000 allocated for its CSR project with Aboitiz Foundation.
FIRST RUNNER UP. Inspired by the culture of native people, CIT-U showcased their talent in designing earth-colored exotic pieces, producing open and flowing lines that convey harmony with nature. The design team used flour sacks for the clothing items and used rubber mats for the footwear. CIT-U received a cash prize of P40,000.
SECOND RUNNER UP. Moved by the sinewy contours of ocean waves, USC produced pieces that were made from flour sacks embellished with small scraps of fabric in different shades of blue. The accessories and bags were created from clear plastic sheets that were heated and warped to create wave-like forms. USC received a cash prize of P30,000.
THIRD RUNNER UP. Using recycled materials, the USJR went for the cheerful and happy inspiration. Splashed in bright hues of yellows and reds, the pieces resembled a paradise in bloom displaying the team’s creative patchwork techniques. USJR received a cash prize of P15,000.
The GFR is a Wealth On Waste (WoW) initiative under BetterWorld’s focus area on Waste Management. It empowers young stakeholders to help in building a sustainable society and maintaining a healthy planet that can be enjoyed by future generations.