Fashion and the Environment. When you think about these two things have nothing in common. In fact, according to a ecowatch.com article it is the 2nd largest polluter in the world! It surprised me that the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) will be part of the 2nd National Integrated Waste Management Exhibition, 2016 Environment Summit.
But according to Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines President Digna Rosales, fashion is now changing gears and going towards sustainable fashion or Eco fashion.
Digna Rosales, considered a Grand Dame of Philippine Fashion is the current president of FDAP, (for the 4th time). As a fashion designers he made a name for herself by designing snazzy corporate wear and uniforms. She has been dubbed as the “Uniform Queen”.
She was also the talent behind the design and manufacture of the uniforms of the APEC Ministerial Meetings last November 2015
“ I believe in the talents, skills, intellect and creativity of the Filipino Designers. I was a witness to so many international exhibitions and competitions the FDAP had participated in, by virtue of my being president of the association. The Filipino designers are innately creative, talented and resourceful. However. The environment and arena to become more productive and excellent are hampered by internal and external factors. These should be addressed through harnessing the designer’s true potentials and maximizing his inner resources; thereby achieving excellence.”
Mommy Digna adds that Filipino designers and manufacturers are now challenged by the reality and then inevitability of the ASEAN Integration. This means open trade in good and of course in talents. Any ASEAN designer or manufacturer can do business in any ASEAN Country. As the current head of the FDAP, she is preparing her members to adjust to this challenge in the fashion industry.