I know I missed a lot fashion-wise especially Menswear SS2010 shows while I was in the process of packing for cargo shipment, graduating, being a 'tour-guide' for my family in Russia and spending days and days traveling. Hence I'm slightly overwhelmed by the stack of headlines in my Google reader, and I definitely need PLENTY of time catching up. Thankfully for now time is quite a luxury by my side (oh MOH please don't summon me just yet!)
the Sartorialist image yesterday intrigued me to take a look a little bit further on the details of this sheer Dior jacket. I share the same sentiment with Mr Schuman who stated "With the transparency of the jackets it would have been interesting to play with contrast colors for the layering pieces"... I for one would easily be drowned in the idea of styling these kinds of jackets in more ways than one.
The excitement did not stop there. Upon reading the first comment from Rylan, which read This reminds me of the traditional formal Filipino sheer dress shirts... made me think from where did house of Dior take their inspirations from, or maybe it's just a silly coincidence that insignificant bloggers like me want to bring up to light.
Well apparently that Filipino sheer dress shirt is called a Barong Tagalog (BT) and has its history way back even before the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines, where local men had to wear a shirt of flimsy and translucent fabric so that the Spaniards could confirm these guys are not carrying weapons etc.
The BT actually had a modest beginning, when it was just a simple shirt worn by the natives and as time passed by, locals brushed elbows with the Europeans and gradually the design transformed as well. From a simple rough cotton shirt the style develops too, thanks to the injection of European aesthetics. These are all evident by the stand up collars and intricate embroidery detail on the chest.
, and it is said weaving these types of fabrics is really a serious affair and only the skilled can produce them - which translates the rarity and expensiveness of this formal costume, much to my dismay!
Anyhow imaginations should not be held back, and I think there a ways to bend the rules to replicate this clothing in a cheaper, friendly-to-the-wallet way. I'm thinking some sheer fabric with some embroidery details on it (well this definitely refers to my mum's curtains around the house). And it's a given a trip to the tailor is perhaps vital too.
Oh wait to skip all that unnecessary burden, there's this online shop based in the US (how ironic) selling all kinds of BT styles. Upon perusal there are some styles that I like, but the fact that they sell them in US dollars kind of gave me a wet blanket. I'm sure a trip to the Philippines and buying the BT at a local store would be more sensible thing to do!
image credit: The Sartorialist, wikipedia, seasite.niu.edu
PS: Click here for some elaborate writing on BT, from which I based my facts about.