I visited the retrospective exhibit of Salvacion Lim Higgins know by her nickname SLIM at the National Museum yesterday. It was AMAZING!!! I highly recommend going. You don't need to love fashion to appreciate fine art and craftsmanship. This was a woman who was ahead of her time. Her clothes are timeless. I couldn't take pictures within the exhibit as the flash might damage the clothing but I did score a copy of the book they published to coincide with it and took some snaps of the clothes so you might get an idea of just how amazingly creative this woman was.
The entrance to the exhibit.
Slim was known for her draping. She could create clothing using a single piece of fabric, or sewn with just one seam but folded multiple ways. The yellow dress above was created in 1959. Don't you think it still seems so current?
A dress and it's sketch, created in the mid- 1950's.
This dress was created in 1982, underneath the bugle beads the fabric was fully sequined. This dress was on exhibit and the beads still shined silver and white, despite being decades old. The lady who toured us around told us that the bugle beads on the market today are no longer like this they eventually turn black.
These two outfits were created in 1986. Is it just me or do they look surprisingly like these 3.1 Phillip Lim outfits worn by Jourdan Dunn and Channel Iman in the November 2009 issue of Teen Vogue? Talk about vision and timelessness.
Slim was also known for doing beautiful bridal wear and ternos.
Above a 1959 wedding gown made of "lace-appliqued featuring a cape that begins at the empire line in the back and is caught with bowed roses on either side of the skirt.
This dress is gorgeous. It reminds me of Grace Kelly's wedding dress. It was worn by the lady below in 1952 for her wedding and then again by her daughter in 1980. A gorgeous dress.
More photos from the book depicting her inspirations and amazing craftsmanship.
The exhibit runs until March 2010.
East Wing, 4th Floor
Museum of the Filipino People
National Museuem of the Philippines
Teodora-Valencia Circle, Rizal Park, Manial
Museum hours are 10:00 AM -4:30 PM, Wednesdays- Sundays
Adults P 100 each
Students P 30 each upon presentation of an ID (for students enrolled in Philippine Schools Only)
Free admission every Sunday (for walk-ins, no group tours)
A series of lectures will be held throughout the duration of the exhibition. Visit Slims Legacy or Style Bible.Ph for more information.
Do check it out. It's a wonderful exhibit.
Photos 2-5 and 7-11 are copyrighted to the Slim's Legacy Project. Photo 6 is property of Teen Vogue. No copyright infringement intended.